Wicomico County

Our Vision:  University of Maryland is the preeminent Extension organization in the nation by providing the residents of Maryland with the highest quality of public service, distinguished educational programming, and cutting-edge research that addresses their needs.

Our Mission:  To enhance the quality of life for people and communities by disseminating unbiased, research-based, educational information.

Who we are... Extension is a national partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state land-grant universities, and county government. In Maryland, Extension comprises the off-campus educational arm of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of Maryland, College Park. As faculty members of the university, county Extension agents and educators teach residents research-based information concerning agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development in their communities.

University of Maryland Extension has continued to provide science-based solutions for over 100 years and our goals have never wavered. We are passionate about building healthier families, homes, and communities, improving our agricultural production systems, instilling valuable life skills in our youth, and creating a sustainable environment and Chesapeake Bay.

The Wicomico County UME faculty and staff provide a broad range of outreach through workshops, seminars, classes, clinics, newsletters, consultations, and media efforts related to the following topics:   

  • 4H Youth

    4-H & Youth

    Melissa Esley-Collins, 4-H Program Assistant
    mesleyco@umd.edu
    301.226.7719

  • Agriculture, Farming

    Agriculture

    Haley Sater, AG Educator
    hsater@umd.edu
    301.226.7718

  • Master Gardening

    Home Gardening

    Ginny Rosenkranz, Horticulture Educator & Master Gardener Coordinator
    rosnkrnz@umd.edu 
    301.226.7715

  • Food, Nutrition

    SNAP-ED

    Lauren Holfeld, SNAP-ED Educator
    lholfeld@umd.edu
    301.226.7716

  • Sliced squash, zucchini, tomatoes, and onion in an iron skillet.

    Health & Wellness

    Lynn Matava, FCS Educator
    lmatava@umd.edu 
    301.226.7713

  • Chesapeake, Tidal, Wetlands

    Sea Grant

    Jennifer Dindinger, Watershed Restoration Specialist, Sea Grant Extension
    jdinding@umd.edu
    Office: 410.228.8800

Asclepias tuberosa

Plant of the week... or Butterfly weed is a native herbaceous perennial that thrives in full sun in dry to medium well-drained soils, and can tolerate some salt. In the late spring the dark green foliage emerges from the soil, making sure it doesn’t get killed by a late frost.  The Plants grow 1 ½ to 3 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide with a tuberous taproot system.  The plants grow in an upright clump with green 3-6 inch long lance shaped leaves with a smooth or entire leaf margin, placed alternately or loosely whorled on the hairy stems.   The yellow to orange flowers are held in clusters on top of the stems, with each flower having 5 sepals, 5 petals and 5 stamens.   The clusters of flowers bloom from May into August and removing the spent flowers or deadheading will allow the plants to produce more flowers through the heat of summer.  Butterfly weed is cold tolerant in USDA zones 3-9 and are resistant to deer and rabbit damage, mostly because the plant leaves, stems, roots, flowers and fruit are all poisonous. The nectar from the flowers invites hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators.  The plant itself is an important host for larval monarch butterflies, gray hairstreak, queen and milkweed tussock moth caterpillars.   The Butterfly weed can be planted as a mass planting, added to a Butterfly Garden, rock gardens on slopes, or in meadows that are planted with other native flowers and grasses.  Pests can include diseases like rust, leaf spot and crown rot while insect pests can include aphids and the caterpillars mentioned before.  Although this milkweed doesn’t have milky sapped stems, those with sensitive skin should wear gloves when working with Butterfly weed.

Ginny Rosenkranz
  • Master Gardening

    Aquilegia canadensis Columbine leaves with leaf miner

  • Master Gardening

    asclepias tuberosa with butterfly

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Agriculture in Wicomico County