Milkweed Six-Pack

$20.00

Milkweed is perhaps one of the most well-known native perennials because it plays host to the Monarch butterfly. Watching the full lifecycle of Monarchs is an amazing experience and a great introduction to ecological gardening.

Our Milkweed Six-Pack includes 3 landscape plugs of Common Milkweed (pink) and 3 landscape plugs of Butterfly Weed (orange). Plant them now and you’ll see the impact this summer.

All proceeds from our Milkweed Six-Pack Sale will go to Color of Change.

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Milkweed is perhaps one of the most well-known native perennials because it plays host to the Monarch Butterfly. Ask anyone who plants it and they’ll tell you: Watching the full lifecycles of Monarchs is a pretty amazing experience for anyone of any age, and a great introduction to ecological gardening.

Our Milkweed Six-Pack includes 3 landscape plugs of Common Milkweed (pink) and 3 landscape plugs of Butterfly Weed (orange). Plant them now and you’ll see the impact this summer.

A Note to Parents and Caregivers: Starting an wildlife-friendly garden with milkweed is a fantastic activity for any age. There are lots of resources, books, and fun activities online that would go nicely along with this, and we will share them in weeks to come. When our kids were as young as one year old they became Monarch detectives, searching and finding eggs and caterpillars on the leaves of milkweed and other natives.

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) 

Light: Full sun to part shade
Hosts: Monarch butterflies
Feeds: Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators

From Jersey Friendly Yards: “Common Milkweed is a wildlife-friendly perennial. The large, thick leaves are light green with red veins. Rounded clusters of fragrant, pinkish-purple flowers bloom June-August. Large, bumpy seed pods split open when ripe to release silky, wind-dispersed seeds. The seed pods are used in dried floral arrangements. This plant’s nectar is a food source for butterflies, native bees, bumblebees, and honeybees.

Common Milkweed is an important nectar source and larval (caterpillar) host plant for Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterflies. The leaves and stems have a milky sap, which contains cardiac glycosides. When ingested by Monarch butterfly larvae feeding on the leaves, the cardiac glycosides make them (and the adult butterflies) toxic to birds and other predators. Common Milkweed grows well in poor, dry soils. It spreads by self-seeding and rhizomes (underground stems) to form colonies. This plant is best used in wildlife gardens, meadows, and other naturalized areas.”
 

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Butterfly weed

Light: Sun
Hosts: Monarchs, Grey Hairstreaks, Queens
Feeds: Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators

From Jersey Friendly Yards: “Butterfly Weed is a long-blooming, drought-tolerant, wildlife-friendly perennial. Its showy, bright orange flowers bloom in flat-topped clusters, June-August. The nectar is attractive to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds; it has special value for native bees… “

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