Plants to attract monarchs

(A monarch and some friends)

Did you know that the Monarch butterfly is now endangered? Populations have dropped an astonishing 96.5% over the last two decades. Their decline is primarily due to a similar decline in milkweed (plants from the genus Asclepias).They depend on milkweed since it’s the only plant that they eat and they lay their eggs on milkweed leaves during the summer breeding season. One way to help this species is to incorporate Asclepias plants into your landscape and to restore areas on your property utilizing native species. Below is Butterfly weed (ASCLEPIAS  tuberosa) a fun and flamboyant member of the family. Swamp milkweed (ASCLEPIAS  incarnata) is even a better choose for the monarchs.

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