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)
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.