Milkweed – it’s a generic term used to describe what can actually many different species.
Milkweeds are important for butterflies, with the highest profile species benefiting from the plants being the increasingly endangered Monarch Butterflies. It’s the most well known of all the milkweed butterflies who require these plants for laying their eggs. Their larvae then feed on the milkweed – therefore these plants are essential for Monarchs and other Nymphalidae – Danainae species of butterfly!
If you’re planting a new garden, or just adding to an existing one, including native milkweeds is one of the best things you can do for Monarch and some other butterfly species. And there are plenty of milkweed plants to choose from. As a bonus, they all have spectacular flowers and add so much life and color to a garden of any size and style. Continue reading What is the Best Type of Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies?