My way…I like plants that volunteer…and I’m refining my methods over time, but always have butterflies and these salsa like plants scattered across my beds. Other species used by monarchs, in order of their abundance and preference, are A. incarnata (swamp milkweed), A. tuberosa (butterflyweed), A. verticillata (whorled milkweed), and A. exaltata (poke milkweed). San Antonio and Austin, Texas — Fall is the time to plant wildflowers, including milkweed, the Monarch butterfly host plant. Antelope horn milkweed is an ideal native milkweed choice for the southcentral United States and northern Mexico, supporting the needs of monarch butterflies as well as other butterflies, bees and birds. Tropical Milkweed is easy to maintain in a garden or greenhouse and provides reliable hosting and nectar. Liam O’Brien. 4. Common milkweed is native to southern Canada and the eastern United States. Nurseries will sometimes also generically label a plant “butterfly weed” when what they mean is that butterflies like it, usually as a nectar source. I’m in Austin Texas. Midwest Ecoregions include: 212, 222, and 251 http://www.facebook.com/ButterflyEncounters Female monarchs will lay eggs on all nine milkweed species, but they prefer some over others. Awareness of the monarch butterfly’s life cycle and habitat requirements is essential for their survival and an important step in the conservation of this animal. 3. Look for milkweed that have fibrous roots: Red Milkweed (A. incarnata), Whorled milkweed (A. verticillata) or Butterfly weed (A. tuberosa). Kiphart knows his milkweed and trains dozens of volunteers annually on planting, harvesting seeds, and monitoring the egg-laying and caterpillar hatching of Monarch butterflies. Should I go ahead and prepare them for planting now, or should I wait until Spring? Planting milkweed this year? my monarch caterpillars have stripped my asclepias bare aka Narrow-leaved milkweed. Perhaps most famously, milkweed species serve as the host plant for the monarch butterfly. Check with your local Master Gardener group to figure out which one works best in your circumstances. The latter two are highly ornamental and widely available via the nursery trade. Dr. Taylor’s Monarch Population Status report is available here. A. tuberosa (butterfly weed) does not have milky latex or fluid ooze from the veins of the torn leaf. Many have adapted to different regions of the country and a wide range of climates and terrains, from deserts and rocky areas to marshes and open prairies. I bought some swamp milkweed and antelope horn seeds from the Ladybird Wildflower Center and read the directions for planting from seedsource.com. It is best to plant at least 10 milkweed plants of two or more species per 100 square feet. Tropical Milkweed is easy to maintain in a garden or greenhouse and provides reliable hosting and nectar. However, not just any milkweed plant will do – there are as many as 3,000 species in the milkweed (Asclepiadaceae) family around the world, but only two dozen or so are preferred by monarch butterflies. These species are especially appropriate to Austin, San Antonio and the Hill Country. 1. // This entry was posted in Butterfly gardening, Monarch butterfly migration, Monarch […], […] more info on what milkweed species are most desireable, check out our Milkweed Guide. I’ll be sure to share this writeup with the members of our page. Northeast Region aka Woolypod milkweed, Indian milkweed. Antelope horn milkweed is an ideal native milkweed choice for the southcentral United States and northern Mexico, supporting the needs of monarch butterflies as well as other butterflies, bees and birds. Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), also known as rose milkweed, rose milkflower, swamp silkweed and white Indian hemp. This list does not contain all varieties of milkweed, just the best kinds of milkweed to support monarchs in your region. Other common names are Mexican butterfly weed and Mexican milkweed. Save Our Monarchs is a grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to saving the embattled monarch butterflies. For wildscapes, ranches, and large plantings in our area, Dr. Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch suggests native species such as Antelope Horn, Asclepias Asperula, and Green Milkweed, Asclepias viridis--sometimes called Green Antelope Horn Milkweed. O’Brien: The answer to this question seems more and more complex each day.People want an easy equation: Monarch + Milkweed = Saving Monarchs. Fall is the perfect time to get a head start on the monarch season for next year. Milkweed is the only plant that Monarch caterpillars eat. Asclepias incarnata. in Frequently Asked Questions,Plants & Garden. Dr. Taylor also recommended Zizotes Milkweed, Asclepias oenotheroides, which is appropriate for South and West Texas. Tuberosa has very little if any cardiac glycosides. Some species grow exclusively in specific regions while others will thrive in jus… All a monarch wants is to find a milkweed plant to lay its 200 or so eggs on. J. HILL COUNTRY WATER GARDENS & NURSERY For Cedar Park, Austin metro area ! Copyright @ 2016 Milkweed Journal. Caption: Narrow-leaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) is a native species that grows on our local hillsides and is an excellent foodplant for Monarch butterflies. Together we can make a difference, backyard by backyard, and beyond. Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweeds and this is the only type of plant the caterpillars will eat. In addition to serving as a monarch host plant, butterflyweed nectar is also prized by other butterflies, hummingbirds and native bees. Nathan, the nursery specialist is so helpful! 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[…] fall-blooming nectar plants for migrating monarchs to fuel up on as they journey to Mexico and milkweed for northbound monarchs to lay their eggs on (and their caterpillars to feed on) in the spring. Can you elaborate on your comment regarding Asclepias tuberosa, “One of the best ways to tell if a milkweed in question is tuberosa is to break off a leaf and see if milky latex pours out. Will survive winters and a prolific seed producer. Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed. Good luck! Hi, A recent study also suggests that the toxins in Tropical Milkweed innoculate Monarch moms and their young. their migration and overwintering. 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Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) Milkweed Journal was established in March 2016 to bring you info & inspiration about the art and science of making beautiful gardens and landscapes where biodiversity can flourish. In Connie Day's Santa Monica garden, a tiger-colored monarch spars with another butterfly, chasing it from a patch of milkweeds. Thanks. This milkweed, also native to North America, is the choice for wet/damp soil conditions, and will thrive alongside ponds, streams, lakes – and even ditches. And please let us know if you see any Monarchs in your gardens or […], […] For more on milkweed, check out the Texas Butterfly Ranch Milkweed Guide. Bobby, […] You can help by planting milkweed, the Monarch butterfly host plant, and other wildflower natives. // This […], […] more info on what milkweed species are most desireable, check out our Milkweed Guide. Check out this post: http://wp.me/p2fP0i-297 . Last Summer, I actually created a very nice cluster of plants that had sprung up in my Bermuda grass next two a planter I had built. Written by Jeff Fulkerson. Because of their tap root, they didn’t get choked out by the Bermuda. rations. I planted a butterfly weed last fall and I have noticed some beautiful Monarchs (I didn’t know it was good for them). The taller, delicate and unassuming narrow leaf milkweed, aka Mexican whorled milkweed (A. fascicularis) and the similar eastern whorled milkweed (A. verticillata). The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is among the most recognized, studied, and loved of all of North America’s insects. They are best grown from seed, as their long taproots can make transplanting difficult, and will flower and begin producing seed starting in their third year. It will grow up to 3 feet in a sunny location and soil with good drainage. Asclepias vestita – creamy flowers and broad leaves. Is the deciding factor whether or not a milky latex is present or the rate at which the substance comes out of the plant? Bloom time is early to mid-summer and yields clusters of fragrant flowers that vary from pink to purple to white, followed by green seed pods that split open to release brown, flat seeds on white silky hairs. Antelope Horns, photo courtesy of Monarch Watch. Some Local Nurseries Have it In Stock | Butterfly Beat | a mySA.com blog, Monarch Butterflies Arriving Soon from Mexico, But Who’s Got Milkweed? The fluid is clear not milky. Thanks Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) Tropical milkweed probably wins the contest for the Monarchs favorite milkweed in most gardens. […], Donnelly elementary is doing a weigh station for monarch butterflies only, Copyright 2020 Texas Butterfly Ranch | All Rights Reserved | Website by, http://www.facebook.com/ButterflyEncounters, Monarch Butterfly Preserve in Mexico A Model for Reforestation Efforts | texasbutterflyranch, Milkweed for Monarchs: More Tips for Creating Your Butterfly Habitat | texasbutterflyranch, Monarch Butterflies: Where’s My Milkweed? Hi Monika, Nice writeup! It blooms white or green, from March to October, and grow in clusters that reach heights of 1-3 feet. Some folks have had luck with pumpking and squash for Monarch caterpillars in the fifth instar. What are the plants for Amarillo? If I didn’t have to drive from Sherman I’d do all my business there!!! Not sure who you’re talking to but you can definitely plant Tropical milkweed as a host plant. Sites of any size or location can help, from urban parks, schools and home gardens to commercial developments, municipalities and rural roadsides. Most days of the week it is the most viewed blogpost here. I believe my wife bought the plant at Covington’s in Rowlett. “Tropical Milkweed is the species on which Monarchs evolved. Each year Sustainable Wellesley sources the correct species of milkweed for eastern Massachusetts (Asclepias incarnata, and/or tuberosa, and/or syriaca) and makes them available to heroes like you. Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa L.), also known as butterfly milkweed, orange milkweed and pleurisy root. I am a novice at this so be real frank on explanations. […], […] details on milkweed species appropriate for Central and South Texas, check out our Milkweed Guide. But if you water these plants….they grow like weeds and can be quite prolific bloomers……get a bit leggy if you don’t prune them back in stages. The two are readily available in nurseries and they both will grow in our area. Thank you. Below is a list of different types of milkweed and their native regions. Green milkweed can range from one-three feet in height and is best propagated by seed which is commercially available. While native milkweeds are crucial for monarchs, commercial sources … Butterflyweed prefers dry conditions, including sand or gravel soil, and requires full sun. Best monarch-supporting milkweeds proved to be the biggest and tallest species: Antelope horn milkweed requires sun and will thrive in dry or moist clay, sandy or rocky soils in meadows and along roadsides. Lucky me I discovered your blog by accident (stumbleupon). The following Milkweed Guide aims to point you in the right direction. Finally, another choice for home gardeners is Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa. is a family of perennial flowering plants that are native to Africa and North and South America.They are called milkweed because the plants contain latex, a milky white fluid. Three species have particularly wide ranges and are good choices in most regions: common milkweed ( Asclepias syriaca ), swamp milkweed ( A. incarnata ), and butterflyweed ( A. tuberosa ). Milkweed is essential to the monarch lifecycle, serving as a host plant for monarch eggs and a food source for the resulting larvae (caterpillars). Thanks. Why? Another excellent native milkweed for our area is Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata. She then proceeds to lay her egg on a leaf — and only on the leaf of a milkweed.This is because monarch caterpillars depend on the plant for food, eating every leaf in their path until they complete their metamorphosis (a cycle tha… The main monarch host plant is Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed). Milkweed For Monarchs is being developed as a multifaceted project involving planting native swamp milkweed, (Asclepias incarnata), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), and common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) where appropriate throughout the state. Thanks I am asking my expert Kip Kiphart to weigh in, so please stay tuned, and again, thanks for the question! J. Jeff, It blooms pink and provides hosting and nectar in the Fall. […], […] and fall as they migrate between Mexico and Canada. Check out our milkweed guide for Texas for more […], […] Our Milkweed Guide: Choose Best Plants for Monarch Butterflies post continues to generate interest. Antelope horn milkweed (Asclepias asperula), also known as Spider milkweed, Green-flowered milkweed and Spider antelope-horns. Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) and common milkweed (A. syriaca) averaged the highest number of eggs. Butterfly weed (A. tuberosa) is a milkweed native to Texas. When you think about it, it’s rather remarkable how a butterfly can spot a single milkweed from the sky. Just as an FYI, we have seeds available for four of the Asclepias you mention in your article. Flockhart recommends planting native milkweeds found in your local area (ideally within a 200-kilometre radius of your site), and suggests the following species to support the eastern population of monarch butterflies, which migrate each year from Canada to wintering grounds in central Mexico: 1. I only have Tropical Milkweed, which I cut back to the ground in the Fall, although they die back on their own. Unfortunately in the Bay Area, we were inundated will a Goodwill tsunami of non-native tropical milkweed from Home Depot that went into everyone’s garden during the voguish years of “Butterfly Gardening” (70s-90s), so the … Bob, where did you get your milkweed in Dallas? Meet twelve of the most ornamental milkweeds native to different parts of the country. ( In CA they’re either yellow or orange and yellow…the flower only, looks a bit like Lantana…but not the leaf). Depending on what you’re doing–providing a nectar plant or a host plant–you may want to know which is which. In Austin, Barton Springs Nursery has a fabulous collection of native plants. Our half of the duplex is built on a berm, and the silver maple that somebody blessed this property with 50 years ago died, and left the knob of the berm unsafe for any creature other than a mountain goat. Planting milkweeds may be especially beneficial in the Central Valley, where milkweeds were historically more abundant than they are now. In San Antonio, we like Schulz Nursery, Millberger’s and Fanick’s. Good luck! Milkweeds in the genus Asclepias provide the only plant material monarch caterpillars can eat. Milkweed is also well known for attracting butterflies and serving as a host plant for their caterpillars. 2. aka Wooly milkweed. The monarch’s eat the nectar of the escarlata why won’t the Like many of the Bring Back the Monarch recommended milkweed, Zizotes Milkweed seed is not commercially available says the highly knowledgeable Kip Kiphart, a milkweed specialist who volunteers at the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project at the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne. Which Milkweed is Best for Monarchs? Sign up to get Milkweed Journal news & inspiration delivered to your inbox. Hello. Like Antelope Horns, it sports showy whiteish-green globes of flowers that attract Monarchs as a host, and huge bees and other butterflies for its nectar. I just mowed around them. Make it a goal to include a few plants of at least one native milkweed type to help the monarchs. "The challenge is keeping the food here," Day says, noting that a few monarchs can defoliate a plant in a couple of weeks. This is potentially a threat to monarchs and a migration disruptor. Kiphart asserts (and I agree with him) that this plant is commonly mislabeled at nurseries. […], […] more on milkweed, check out the Texas Butterfly Ranch Milkweed Guide. Lowe’s didn’t carry the esclepias this year. Grace, Monarch on Swamp Milkweed on the Llano River. The stems and leav… we are right in the migration path but I am told that the milkweed will not grow here because we don’t get cold enough in the winter. For that we talked to Tyler Flockhart, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Guelph who studies the habitat needs of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus). Common milkweed produces fragrant flowers in shades of pink, white and mauve from June to August. I’ve saved it for later! Loss of this particular butterfly would be devastating, especially when Education will make all the difference in the world for its preservation. There are many varieties, some which thrive in full sun, some in humid conditions, and some even in very dry conditions. We share the stories, insights and discoveries of the people who are helping create eco-friendly outdoor spaces – from landscape architects and garden designers to scientists, naturalists and homeowners. Lots of people remember clouds of monarchs from childhoods past. Will it winter over in a cold, possibly freezing area? In CA I raise Monarchs pretty much year around. planting native milkweed species to help restore breeding habitat. Gardeners should note that common milkweed is a vigorous self-sower and also spreads by rhizomes, which can make it more difficult to manage: pulling out unwanted shoots and removing seed pods before they split open are the keys to control. After hatching, the larvae consume the foliage, which is high in cardiac glycosides—a poison that interferes with the heart functioning of vertebrates (animals with a skeleton). More than 100 species of this herbaceous perennial are native to the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Taylor’s Monarch Population Status report is available […], […] details on milkweed species appropriate for Central and South Texas, check out our Milkweed Guide. Please share your stories and any photos of milkweed in your garden – we’d love to hear from you! The long, oblong leaves are light green and grow to about 8 inches long. In Central and South Texas, now’s the time to plant native seeds. She lands on it, scratches it with her front legs, tastes it with her feet, and confirms that it’s indeed milkweed. Milkweed is also toxic if eaten, so keep plants away from young children and pets. They will not Common milkweed plants grow to about 2 to 4 feet in height, with a thin, vertical growth habit. Thanks. Native plant purists begrudge its popularity because Tropical Milkweed is “nonnative,” but Dr. Taylor takes a more pragmatic approach. I want the best for them! As the post noted, they each have their strengths. We live in California some of the year but have just bought a little 2-acre place in San Angelo. I use Tropical Milkweed almost exclusively…..either buy plants at the nursery or by seed from my own pods. In Southern California, gardeners have milkweed choices when outdoor plant shopping.For decades the most common milkweed species in our gardens has been a Central American species sometimes called Tropical Milkweed, or more correctly Asclepias currassivica.It is a magnet for monarchs and even a single plant in a garden will soon display a few colorful caterpillars dining on its leaves. to grow and develop, and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. milkweed, as nectar is critical for fueling monarchs during . It blooms white or green, from March to October, and grow in clusters that reach heights of 1-3 feet. Most days of the week it is the most viewed blogpost here. Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a native herbaceous perennial whose main virtue is its appeal to butterfliesespecially the monarch, which deposits its eggs on the milkweed. While it can be challenging to find plants in the Fall, you can order seeds or harvest them yourself from fellow gardeners. Why not help these gorgeous creatures by creating a nectaring and host plant rest stop for them to take a break from their long […], […] If you’re wondering what kind of milkweed to plant, check out the Texas Butterfly Ranch guide to milkweed. Will the caterpillars survive on the short If it doesn’t, then it’s Butterfly Weed.”? But it depends on your soil. Looking forward to reading more posts. But basically, I over seed and thin, culling out plants that are crowded or in poor locations regarding light or other plants. Milkweed is the monarch’s host plant, and thus it is a must for a monarch garden. Now I have seeds for this year (many hundreds), and I completed raising the caterpillars in large jars using refrigerated leaves, releasing the butterflies after a couple weeks of a fascinating metamorphosis. Thanks for writing. A. curassavica (tropical milkweed) does have milky latex and cardiac glycosides. And this popular plant hosts many more besides monarchs. ; Monarch caterpillars hatching from eggs laid on tall green milkweed (A. hirtella) and prairie milkweed (A. sullivantii) had the lowest survival rates. Monarch caterpillars need milkweed plants (Asclepias sp.) Our favorite source for native seeds is American Native Seed in Junction, Texas. I just found your website. Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), also known as butterfly flower, silkweed, silky swallow-wort and Virginia silkweed. I have several established plants now with many small plants popping up in my beds from last years pods. Its buxom yellow and orange blooms are a favorite of many butterflies. When Fall approached, I harvested the Monarch caterpillars from the plants, let the pods dry out which seems to allow the seeds to ripen (they turn mahogany colored from white). All of these milkweed species are showy additions to the home garden and naturalized landscapes and, once established, require little or no care. Larger plants suffer from transplanting, so I might move them around when their a couple of inches tall. thanks. A 4' plant with large thick leaves that feed many Monarchs. This beautiful perennial wildflower is native to eastern North America and features clusters of bright yellow to orange blossoms. Native Narrow-leaved Milkweed is perfectly suitable to most of our gardens, as long as you understand its growth cycle and know what to expect. It is sometimes mislabeled in the nursery with an incorrect botanical name, usually A. tuberosa. You write about plants for feeding Monarch Butterflies in Austin and Hill Country… What about deep South Texas, the RGV.. McAllen, Harlingen, Brownsville…. Just depends on how far along they are. Asclepias-syriaca - also know as common Milkweed this was once the major diet of the Monarchs. We Do, in our Top Five Blogposts | texasbutterflyranch, Who’s Got Milkweed, Vladimir Nabokov, Seedballs and Monarch Butterflies Roosting? The question for many isn't whether to grow milkweed, but how -- and which kind. Your post is recent, and I’m around Dallas, so I’ll tell you how I grow Tropical Milkweed for Monarchs. The latter is widely available at garden centers and germinates easily from seed. We’re halfway through Nov. if I follow the planting directions and refrigerate the seeds for 30-45 days, the ground will no longer be 70 degrees. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and is the premier source for high-quality nursery grown native plants in the Delaware Valley. If you’d like to start preparing for spring the easy way, plant your perennial milkweed seeds (and plants) in the fall.. Why is fall planting easier? I don’t have a greenhouse and would not want to dig them up and put them in the garage….no one to water them should we go back to CA for a bit. Bloom time is May-September. Boerne NPSOT Program to Address Milkweed Shortage Caused by Brutal Winter | Butterfly Beat | a mySA.com blog, Monarch Butterflies Arriving for Spring Break, but Who’s Got Milkweed? […], […] you’re wondering what kind of milkweed to plant, check out the Texas Butterfly Ranch Guide to Milkweed. In addition to serving as a monarch butterfly host plant and food source, it also attracts honey bees and bumble bees. Milkweed is both a food source and a host plant on which the monarch butterflies lay their eggs. Best Milkweed Plants for Your Region Monarch Joint Venture recommends these regional milkweed species. NPSOT Program to Address Milkweed Shortage Tied to Brutal Winter | texasbutterflyranch, Monarch Butterflies: Got Milkweed? We live near the beach in CA. I learned that even one plant can provide hundreds of seeds, and many airborne seeds with find there way to various places. Courtesy of Thomas Muller/Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center. If it doesn’t, then it’s Butterfly Weed. Detractors of Butterfly Weed point out that it doesn’t contain the toxic cardenolides that protect the Monarch from predators, thus should be avoided. Kiphart notes that the plant’s gorgeous orange blooms provide ready nectar for Monarchs and other pollinators in the Fall, when nectar sources are wanting. Check with local nurseries. Having trouble finding it at nurseries. Northeast/Midwest: common ( Asclepias syriaca ); swamp ( A. incarnata ); butterfly weed ( A. tuberosa ); whorled ( A. verticillata ); poke ( A. exaltata ). I thought tuberosa would have a milky latex. // This entry […], […] a garden setting, and provides reliable host and nectaring for Monarchs and others. Which one and how to plant and take care of it. As native plants disappear, the rush to plant host plants and halt the monarch’s decline has led the public to plant commercially available tropical milkweed. We also have a Facebook page in which we welcome any questions that folks might have about milkweed! Whorled milkweed, Asclepias verticillata Milkweed plants are neonicotinoid and pesticide free! The monarch has become a spiritual symbol for many. Is there something else we can plant?? touch my milkweed escarlata sold by lowe’s. This is where you come in: by planting milkweed in your (herbicide-free, pesticide-free) yard you provide the vital link in the Monarch lifecycle. caterpillars eat the leaves. I guess I was fooled by the word tropical…..I’m in SAngelo right now and it is in the 90s – and quite dry….not my idea of tropical! Can you please recommend which milkweed would be best for Rockport, TX ? 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