Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Milkweed Plants : Buterfly gardening at its best with this type plant, The regal monarch butterfly recently landed on the endangered species list. But one action you can take to help restore their numbers is adding milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) plants to your garden.
Planting Milkweed Could Save the Monarch Butterfly
This North American native species provides nourishment for the larvae of the monarch butterfly. Indeed, milkweed is the only plant that can give its eggs, larvae, and newly hatched caterpillars protection from predators and the sustenance they need.
Since monarch butterflies only exist on the North American continent, from Canada to Mexico, it makes sense that they adapted along with this once-abundant native plant.
As America grew from the east coast, large swaths of natural meadows fell victim to land clearing for development. Most likely unknowingly to the earliest developers, they destroyed the food necessary for the monarch to raise their young.
Scientists placed monarchs on the endangered list with one bright spot. If every gardener across North America plants milkweed, there is still hope. We can reverse this cycle by restoring the habitat the monarch butterfly needs for its survival.
Besides being the nectar that could save the monarchs, milkweed is a grand flower that deserves a sunny spot in your garden.
Milkweed ( Asclepias incarnata) Plant care and maintainence
A full-grown Asclepias incarnata plant can reach a stately height of almost five feet. You may wonder how the weight of the long, narrow, willow-like leaves, tall stalks, and flowers don't topple the plant. Don't worry--the long taproot will keep Asclepias incarnata well-secured all season long. Furthermore, the long taproots of the plant will help keep your soil loosened for proper water and nutrient absorption.
The gorgeous cotton-candy flowers bloom in vibrant pink, purple, and lavender hues. Milkweed gains that fluffy appearance as many small, vanilla-scented flowers form around a central flower in a clustered head.
The perennial plants seed themselves, forming inside pods that dry out in the summer heat and then burst open to reproduce the following season. They are easy-growing plants that want nothing more than a full-sun location, well-amended soil, and moisture--but with good drainage.
The name milkweed refers to the white, sticky fluid you would see if you break off a stem.
Do Your Part to Save Monarch Butterflies…Order Milkweed Today
Milkweed is available online at TN Nursrey
Please feel free to order milkweed today--the existence of monarch butterflies depends on concerned gardeners like you.
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Good so far……
I bought 12 and put them in my flower bed some of them blooms a beautiful milky white and some of them is pink and even sometimes the blooms get as big as basketballs I love this plant
I planted these around my oak tree and they have thrived
Received in good condition. Tn nursery always does a great job.
I just received my plants this week and they arrived in a packet and were very moist. I cannot wait to see them sprout.
I planted the roots, I like love my butterfly garden, will but more
The roots came in good shape but I had no idea how to plant them. It would be helpful if they came with planting instructions and illustrations for those of us that have never planted these before. I am excited to see how they do and if they do well then there are other plants I am interested in.
I'm highly impressed by the quality of the Milkweed shutes that I received! They're sprouting up already! I was under the impression that they weren't going to do anything until next Spring. Thank you!
This my second time buying them. Very pleased with plants. Helping me with my butterfly and hummingbird garden. Will purchase again soon. Thank you so much
We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.
Ships November through April