Grow Milkweed Plants for Pollinators and
Raising Monarch Butterflies

Discover The Wide World of Milkweed

The first time I ever saw milkweed, it was growing wild on the side of our house. This common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) towered to almost 6 feet and its fragrant flowers produced a sweet scent that filled our yard each summer.

Common milkweed has brought monarchs and other pollinators to our garden every year since, without exception.

Expectant monarch mothers have also dropped off their children on milkweed leaves, in hopes of continuing the monarch butterfly life cycle.

While common continues to be a popular destination for butterflies visiting our yard, it was only an introduction to the wide world of milkweed plants.

There are over 30 varieties of milkweed plants that can be grown across North America. The purpose of this site is to teach you about growing each of those milkweeds, and how they can be utilized to support monarch butterflies and other precious pollinators in your butterfly garden.

Growing Milkweed

swamp milkweed plants with vibrant pink blooms
One of Over 30 Garden Variety Milkweeds

Raising Monarch Butterflies

Raise Monarch Butterflies Indoors
Fill Your Home with the Joy of Butterflies
  • Milkweed Ideas for supporting Monarch Caterpillars
  • How to raise monarchs on milkweed leaves, cuttings, or potted plants

Attracting Pollinators

A hummingbird enjoys the sweet taste of tropical milkweed
A Summer Sip of Tropical Milkweed

So, what’s MY favorite milkweed of them all?

I’m not sure I could narrow it down to one. I still have more species to try, and the ones I currently grow all have something unique to contribute to our butterfly garden. Take any of them away, and the garden would be a lonelier place. The more milkweed plants, the merrier.

Join our community and learn how to help monarchs and other pollinators thrive, while making your little corner of the world a more beautiful place to live.

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  1. says

    This is my first year raising Monarchs, and I’ve released about 30 adults thus far, about half of which are late season ones that should try to get to Mexico. I’ve involved my kid’s first grade class by providing chrysalises, and they’re now fanatics! I’ve got 18 more in or about to make chrysalises, so we’ll see how this season does. There are a group of enthusiasts here in Evanston interested in promoting milkweed planting and Monarch conservation. It’s a good ‘entry’ to the broader field of ecology and conservation.

    • says

      Hi Eric, you picked a great time to get involved. The monarchs, of course, need our help and the weather in much of the upper midwest has been beneficial to the milkweed supply and struggling monarch population this summer.

      You could also encourage your children’s school to plant a school butterfly garden so they can help guide monarchs through more of their amazing metamorphosis…you shouldn’t get to have all the fun! ;) Congrats on a successful first year of raising monarchs!

      Tips for Creating a School Butterfly Garden

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