With fragrant pink blooms arranged atop sturdy stems in July, this Milkweed is a native garden must! It is essential to the life cycle of the Monarch as larvae feed on its leaves exclusively. Mass this easy to grow plant in a sunny area and attract zillions of other butterflies besides Monarchs!
Native from Montana and North Dakota south to Texas and east to Georgia and Maine. This is a staple for many migrating Monarchs as they make their way south to Mexico for winter.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Plants in the milkweed family produce pods with fluffy seeds that are used by birds to build nests. Some birds, such as Baltimore orioles, also use the stem fibers for nesting material.
This milkweed grows best in full sun and average to well-drained soil with no irrigation. Fertilizer will accelerate growth, but is not necessary for optimal performance. It is an excellent component of a native meadow or butterfly garden and will tolerate extreme conditions such as a west-facing slope.