Make Monarchs Great Again!
Help Migrating Monarch Butterflies by
PLANTING
MILKWEED!

August through October is the
height of butterfly season!

Consider this your friendly gardening public service announcement that NOW is a great time to plant Milkweeds so migrating Monarchs might find them in late Summer and Fall and lay their eggs among the leaves. A prized nectar source for many butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, Milkweed is also the sole host plant for Monarch butterflies and essential to their survival!

With a number of environmental factors impacting Monarchs in a very negative way – climate change, habitat loss and increased use of GMO's and herbicides just to name a few – it's up to us gardeners to help bridge the gap for Monarch populations. Planting Milkweed along their migratory routes gives them sustenance and a food source for their voracious babies when they need it most.

Last year, we visited our friend Tora Rocha of the Pollinator Posse at The Gardens at Lake Merritt, who's doing incredibly good work to help understand and nurture Monarchs right here in our own backyard. Tora has a good bit of advice on how gardeners like you and me can help Monarchs and butterflies in general – read all about that ON OUR BLOG!

So, on to Asclepias! Beautiful and tough – tolerant of heat, drought, poor soil, deer, even some clay – they're glorious and gardenworthy even if they weren't so important and crucial to the future of our Monarchs. Happily, almost every variety we grow is ready RIGHT NOW - just in time for National Pollinator Week!

Asclepias speciosa
"Showy Milkweed"
Asclepias speciosa "Showy Milkweed"

Asclepias speciosa "Showy Milkweed"
Native to much of the western half of the US
, this fantastically fragrant and beautiful "Milkweed" is stunning in bloom with pretty pink, starry blooms on a 3' upright form. Needs very little to no Summer water once established and is tolerant of heat and most soils – including clayish. Forms a spreading clump with time. Hardy USDA zone 4, deer resistant!

Asclepias tuberosa
Asclepias speciosa 'Davis' 
"Davis Milkweed"

Asclepias tuberosa
Hot lava-orange blooms beckon the butterflies!
Native to most of the continental US and parts of Canada (read: super hardy!), this nectar and host bonanza is great for low-water, low-maintenance gardens needing little more than good drainage to be happy. Heat tolerant, hardy to USDA zone 3!

Asclepias speciosa 'Davis'
"Davis Milkweed"

We especially love this easy and vigorous "Milkweed" collected near Davis, CA for its silvery, downy foliage and fragrant flower clusters! Thrives in poor, dry, well-drained soil as well as regular garden soil. Hardy to USDA zone 4, drought and deer tolerant!

Asclepias syriaca
“Virginia Silk”
Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold'

Asclepias syriaca “Virginia Silk”
Possibly the most stunningly beautiful of all Milkweeds AND the most fragrant! Native to much of the US, bearing large 4” pinky-mauve blooms scented of lilacs. EASY, TOUGH, LONG LIVED and tolerant of drought and poor soil. Hardy USDA zone 4!

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold'
A MUST for any habitat garden, this colorful and easy evergreen "Milkweed" is a nectar source for all sorts of pollinators. Shrubby in mild climates, it easily reseeds and blooms throughout the year. Poor soil ok with good drainage! Hardy to USDA zone 8.

Asclepias cancellata 
“Wild Cotton”
Asclepias fascicularis
“Narrow Leaved Milkweed”

Asclepias cancellata
“Wild Cotton”

Bushy, evergreen and highly drought tolerant, this rare South African Milkweed is a pollinator magnet! Creates a dense shrubby shape to 4' x 4'. Hardy to USDA zone 8.

Asclepias fascicularis
“Narrow Leaved Milkweed”

This elegant CA native Milkweed is perhaps the easiest to grow! Adaptable to high or low water, garden soil or CLAY. Returns bigger and better every year. USDA zone 6!

Need more BUTTERFLY Plants?
Use the Plant Finder at the top of the page to sort BUTTERFLY plants by availability or zone. Some plants may not be ready just yet, but you can add them to a Wish List and get an email just as soon as they are!

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