A couple of yeas ago I decided that instead of making the backyard simply food producing or pretty, that what I really wanted to do is to create a butterfly and pollinator garden.
As part of that, I planted 1 milkweed in the garden. It grew to be about 2 feet high and bloomed in the first year. I planted it as a seedling from a garden center.
It has truly beautiful white flowers that look lovely. This plant far exceeded my expectations – I planted it for butterflies but the plant itself is very pretty.
In addition, it attracts pollinators like crazy. It’s entertaining just taking a peek and seeing what’s there today. For example, what the heck is this?
I haven’t seen monarchs yet, but they are not easy to find. In fairness, this was the first year that we saw a monarch at all in the garden, so I count that as a Win.
|Soil||Normal, average, clay|
|Water||Average to damp|
|Sowing||6-8 weeks before frost indoors; be patient – can take up to 3 weeks to see sprouts. Or sow after last frost|
|Bloom Time||July – Sept|
|Special Needs||Has a taproot, try not to move once established|
|Tips||Don’t worry if caterpillars eat the plant down, it will grow back|