we started out with a few plants from seeds that i purchased from easy wildflowers. it took a couple of years for the plants to mature but when they did, they began blooming. it never ceases to amaze me just how wonderful “weeds” can be. a close up view of the flowers is surprising; they are beautiful.
they look like little shooting stars from the side view. but even more surprising is the scent. milkweed has one of the most potent scents in my garden. i snipped a few of the clusters off and put them in water in my living room and within a short time, the entire room was heavy with the perfume of milkweed. then my husband came home and quickly learned that he is allergic to them. out went the blooms…
the plants spread quickly by sending out runners underground. if you do not want them popping up in your landscape, i suggest you plant them in pots. we want them to fill this otherwise useless strip of property between our yard and the house next door so we have let them run all over.
another type of milkweed is common butterfly weed. this is asclepias turberosa and the seeds can also be found on easy wildflowers website.
the foliage is very different but we have had monarchs on them in the past, just not the last several years.
one visitor we have had in abundance is the milkweed bug. they do not do much damage to the plants but make a nuisance of themselves around the yard. they are often confused with box elder bugs but they are not nearly as pesky.
the story goes, if you build it, they will come. the plants are in the garden and i will wait, with fingers crossed for the monarchs to come…