Asclepias sullivantii (Prairie Milkweed)
Monarch Butterflies are fully and exclusively dependent upon milkweeds for laying eggs and for larva food source and they can nectar. These plants were once so plentiful they were literally called weeds because they were problematic in agricultural fields. However, that's no longer the case with regular Glyphosate treatments to agricultural fields wiping out all "weeds". With fragmentation, global climate change, pollution, and other threats this is a major problem for Monarch butterflies that heavily depend upon the milkweed and other native plants. Monarch caterpillars need milkweeds, but also nectar sources that many native flowers provide. Help keep these going! Please consider your part in this planet, plant Monarch food sources including milkweed and other native plants.
Are you looking for a beautiful and amazing milkweed plant for a sunny garden? Here it is! Prairie Milkweed is similar to Common Milkweed, except much better for most landscaping situations. Asclepias sullivantii (Prairie Milkweed) is relatively shorter and less aggressive than common milkweed so for smaller landscapes it can be a much better option. This milkweed is much less common than common milkweed but works well in native landscapes.
- Sun Exposure Prairie
- Soil Conditions Wet-Mesic- Mesic
- Height 3'
- Flower Color Pink
- Flower Time June, July, August
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