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.
- Discover which milkweed varieties are favored by monarchs
- Which species are easiest to grow in your region?
- Grow native milkweed plants from seed
- Grow milkweed plants from cuttings
- Caring for Milkweed Plants
Raising Monarch Butterflies
- Milkweed Ideas for supporting Monarch Caterpillars
- How to raise monarchs on milkweed leaves, cuttings, or potted plants
- Learn how to create a butterfly garden focused on attracting monarch butterflies
- Milkweed and nectar flowers for supporting the bee population
- Milkweed plants and nectar flowers for attracting hummingbirds
- Milkweed and nectar flowers that will attract a wide range of butterflies
- Milkweed plants that will attract the most moths
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.