One of the most requested plants we stock at VG in the spring and summer is Milk Weed, also know as Butterfly Weed. This tough denizen of North American fields, wetlands and prairies is the sold host plant for the struggling monarch butterfly. Monarch populations have dropped drastically in the past few decades, and more and more homeowners want to help by including the monarch butterfly host plant in their garden.
When planting Milkweed in the garden, be sure to select varieties that are perennials and come back every year. VG recommends purchasing established plants vs starting the seed for this specific variety.
Planting Milkweed will not only help the Monarch population, but it is an awesome way to get your kids into gardening, as well. Imagine playing in the back yard and having your little ones spot a monarch on the plant they helped plant! They will be hooked on garden from that moment on!