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Asclepias (also known as Milkweed plants) are the only food source for Monarch butterfly larvae, making these plants vital to the butterfly's life cycle. Any loss in the population of milkweed means a loss of the monarch population. You can help save the monarchs & also have a beautiful, colorful garden by planting asclepias plants. Read more in our recent blog post.

An easy-to-grow native plant that will thrive in a hot and dry spot, asclepias will tolerate most garden soils. They are an excellent food source for butterfly larvae as well as a lovely flowering plant for your garden. Milkweed plants are among the best known North American wildflowers.

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Asclepias Verticillata Asclepias Verticillata 'Whorled Milkweed'

This variety of Asclepias - Whorled Milkweed - blooms later in the season.

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Asclepias Hello Yellow Asclepias 'Hello Yellow'

An easy to grow native plant that will thrive in a hot and dry spot.

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Asclepias incarnatat, Rose Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata

Swamp Milkweed (aka Rose) is a lovely US native that is a popular pollinator plant

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Asclepias tuberosa Asclepias 'Tuberosa'

Extremely attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.

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Asclepias Syriaca Asclepias syriaca

AKA 'Common Milkweed' - it is a great source of food for the Monarch butterfly.

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A few things to keep in mind about all our asclepias plant varieties:

  • All Milkweed plants are Asclepias
  • Milkweed is the required host plant for monarch butterflies
  • Any loss in the population of milkweed means the loss of the monarch population
  • We are losing both at an alarming rate
  • The biggest threats come from urban development and agricultural intensification
  • Plant more milkweed to help save the monarchs!

The Delicate Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly