Growing Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies have suffered a severe population decline and you can help provide habitat for them during their migration by growing milkweed. There are more than 40 varieties, one perfect...

Planting milkweed in home landscapes - High Plains Journal

Some milkweed species are attractive additions to home landscapes, and monarch butterflies like them too. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on selecting and establishing milkweed. For more information, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu .

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  1. Asclepias is a genus of herbaceous, perennial, flowering plants known as milkweeds, named for their latex, a milky substance containing cardiac glycosides termed cardenolides, exuded where cells are damaged. Most species are toxic.The genus contains over 200 species distributed broadly across Africa, North America, and South America. It previously belonged to the family Asclepiadaceae, which ...
  2. Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a native herbaceous perennial whose main virtue is its appeal to butterflies—especially the monarch, which deposits its eggs on the milkweed.When the caterpillars hatch, they feed on the leaves of milkweed. Common milkweed plants grow to about 2 to 4 feet in height, with a thin, vertical growth habit.
  3. The milkweed plant may be considered a weed and banished from the garden by those unaware of its special traits. True, it may be found growing along roadsides and in ditches and may require removal from commercial fields. However, the reason for planting milkweed in the garden flies by in summer and ...
  4. Asclepias syriaca, commonly called common milkweed, butterfly flower, silkweed, silky swallow-wort, and Virginia silkweed, is a species of flowering plant.It is in the genus Asclepias, the milkweeds.This species is native to southern Canada and of much of the conterminous eastern U.S., east of the Rocky Mountains, excluding the drier parts of the prairies.
  5. Milkweed is a lovely wildflower and the sole host plant for Monarch butterfly caterpillars. Grow milkweed plants in your garden for colorful, fragrant and nectar-rich flowers that attract pollinators of all sorts. Learn how to plant milkweed, get care tips and recommendations for which types to grow.
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