THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT POLLINATOR PLANT FOR YOUR GARDEN -       BEHOLD, THE MIGHTY MILKWEED

WE MAKE IT A POINT TO ADD MILKWEED PLANTS TO OUR YARD EACH YEAR. WE CONSTANTLY NEED ADDITIONAL PLANTS AS THE MONARCH CATERPILLARS CONSUME A LOT OF MILKWEED.WE CAREFULLY REMOVE THE EGGS AND RAISE THE CATERPILLARS IN THE SAFETY OF CAGES. THE EASIEST SPECIES WE HAVE IN OUR GARDEN AND ONE OF OUR FIRST RESCUES IS COMMON MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS SYRIACA). TOWERING AT OVER 6 FEET TALL IT CAN OVERPOWER OUR FRONT BUTTERFLY BEDS. BUT ONE CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH MILKWEED. ANOTHER BENEFIT, VERY FRAGRANT FLOWERS. BY FAR THE MOST SHOWY OF THE MILKWEEDS WE HAVE IN THE GARDEN IS BUTTERFLY WEED (ASCLEPIAS TUBEROSA). BRILLIANT ORANGE FLOWERS ARE A BOLD ADDITION TO ANY FLOWER BED. ANOTHER RESCUE AND FAVORITE IS THE SWAMP MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS INCARNATA). WHILE IT IS CALLED SWAMP MILKWEED AND CAN GROW WITH "WET FEET" IT IS AT HOME IN A NORMAL PERENNIAL BED.  OUR NEW FAVORITE IS PURPLE MILKWEED (ASCLEPIAS PURPURASCENS), PURCHASED THROUGH SEEDS, IT TOOK A FEW YEARS TO MATURE, BUT NOW WE HAVE HUNDREDS .

THE MILKWEED IN OUR GARDENS

SWAMP MILKWEED                                                            

BUTTERFLYWEED                                                            

PURPLE MILKWEED                                                            

COMMON MILKWEED