Milkweed, or Butterfly Weed, is a butterfly magnet! It is sure to bring Monarch butterflies as the butterfly larvae feed on its leaves, without harming the plant. These perennials come in a range of colors: orange, yellow, red, white, pink or purple.

Exposure: Full Sun

Size 1-8 feet

Bloom Time: Summer

Fun Facts:

– Most species originate in North America

– Pods are filled with seeds and floss, a material attached to the seed that allows it to travel on the wind. Floss was used by the United States during WWII to fill flotation devices when the supply of another material was cut off by Japan.


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