Milkweed is synonymous with the monarch butterfly. The monarch not only uses this plant for food but also as a host plant to lay eggs. Plant milkweed in the garden to attract monarchs and other pollinators. This plant does well in most areas and is an easy-care plant. The clusters of star-shaped flowers are colorful and abundant. Once the flowers die, pinch back or leave alone for the seeds to form. When the fruit ripens, they will split open, and seeds with silky threads will pop out and fly away to reseed.
Plant milkweed in open areas with plenty of sun and make sure it gets enough water. Once established, the plant will need less water. Once established, it can be left alone, and it will grow happily in a butterfly garden, wildflower garden, or open meadow.
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Host plant for monarch butterflies, attracts other pollinators, easy-care
Milkweed, butterfly weed
Red, orange and yellow
Water daily until established then as needed
3 and above
Well-balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season
2 to 5 feet tall and about 3 feet wide
In zones 8 and below this perennial will die to the ground and emerge in spring
Podocarpus, duranta, ipomea, plumbago