Certain milkweeds take a bit of time to grow depending on the year so these may not be ready until approximately early June.
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.
Unmistakable, Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed) plants and flowers are very pleasing looking and can be very fragrant. These plants are extremely tolerant of many soil types, moisture, and sun conditions. So much so, they can be easily cultivated and can be somewhat aggressive in certain conditions. Use this aggressive trait to your advantage, plant appropriately.
- Sun Exposure Prairie
- Soil Conditions Wet-Mesic- Mesic
- Height 3'-5'
- Flower Color White-Pink-Purple
- Flower Time June, July, August
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