Choose a location or flower bed that receives at least 4 hours of direct sun. But the more sun it receives, the better.
Uses by the Cherokee, Delaware, Menominee, Mohegan, and Navajo include
Butterfly Weed can bloom the first year from seed
The Monarch Butterfly population has declined by 84% between 1996-2015 . Much of this decline has been due to habitat loss. One of the best ways to help the Monarch Butterfly recover is to plant host plants, which include Butterfly Weed!
The primary non-native pest for Butterfly Weed is the dreaded Oleander Aphid. These aphids are thought to have come from the Mediterranean, where the Oleander plant grows wild .
Butterfly Weed has a thick, woody taproot. Taproots of mature plants can be several feet (1 m) deep.
Hi Dick, if they are close to maturity they might be ok for planting. Otherwise, no…
Swamp milkweed is a popular native variety that is both host and nectar plant for monarchs and has a later bloom period than common:
About a week ago I rescued a couple of Common milkweed pods from and area that was about to be mowed down. They were not ready to pop so I took part the the milkweed stem and with the pods and have hung them outside in the hope they will dry.
Do it think the pods will mature this way?
Thanks so much Tony for all the information you share, your site is a wealth of answers for me. Hopefully you have helped me get the one wild egg I found to become beautiful Monarch butterfly It is now a 2 day old chrysalis 😀 and I’m an anxious Mom waiting for a butterfly to emerge 😀
2. Use Rubber Bands or Twist Ties
Hi Vickie, it could be purple milkweed (asclepias purpurascens) but check out 25 species here: