Milkweed Plant

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Over 12"

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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 Nursery

Please feel free to order milkweed today--the existence of monarch butterflies depends on concerned gardeners like you.

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