Milkweed for the Monarchs

Wild Plants & Animals Yard

The info below was extracted from various webs sites with credits and citations included. This is only a collection of good info for our future reference.


4/9/2019 – Mary wanted to plant things that attract butterflies and monarch’s caterpillars only eat milkweed plants. Monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. She ordered three “native” milkweed selections from Michigan Bulb Co. listed below. They were planted in the bed in the SE corner of the front yard next to the NS 4-board fence. Go here for more info.

Asclepias tuberosa is native to Alabama and Florida. Prefers to grow in dry sandy places: pasture fence rows and sandhill areas. It flowers into the fall.

Asclepias incarnata is commonly named swamp milkweed, rose milkweed, swamp silkweed, and white Indian hemp. It is a perennial that is native in North America [including Alabama]. It prefers damp to wet soils. This plant is often sold as a cultivar for specific color blooms and may be labeled with “Soul Mate” other variations.  From here.

Hello Yellow Butterfly Flower
Soulmate Butterfly Flower or Swamp Milkweed
Orange Glory Flower
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