Perennial | 3′ tall | 70 days to flower | Ascelpias syriaca
NATIVE Perennial, resilient and simply gorgeous, milkweed is critical food for Monarch caterpillars and so many other beneficial pollinators.
Each year we gratefully lose count of the many gorgeous Monarch butterflies that feast as they float over our farm; indeed, our fields are surrounded by milkweed that smell of honey when they blossom, attracting countless butterflies and beneficial insects to their sticky sweet flower clusters.
Once established, your milkweed and monarchs will thrive in each other’s company for years, though starting milkweed from seed is more challenging than most seeds. At Fruition, we sow milkweed seeds indoors in soil blocks about 4 weeks before final frost to transplant after final frost. We share our organic milkweed seeds stratified so you don’t have to!
If you’re looking for other flowers attracting and feed Monarch butterflies, they love orange, red & yellow flowers especially, including zinnia, tithonia, echinacea, sunflower, calendula and marigold.
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