Despite milkweed s status as the only monarch butterfly host plant there are many different species of milkweeds that monarchs can use to raise their young. As monarch watch announced its bring back the monarchs milkweed restoration campaign last week questions have appeared in our emailbox regarding which species are best for san antonio and austin yards ranches or even a vacant lots that beg for a butterfly garden.
Without it they cannot complete their life cycle and their populations decline.
Milkweed plants monarch butterfly host. Article written by rose franklin in february 2001. Monarch butterfly host plant species. Its wings feature an easily recognizable black orange.
It may be the most familiar north american butterfly and is considered an iconic pollinator species. However when given a choice their favorite milkweed by far is the asclepias incarnata common name. The winner is the asclepias incarnata common name.
The monarch s top 4 favorite milkweed species are bolded in the list below. While some species have been found to be preferred over others all members of the genus asclepias can be used as a monarch butterfly host plant. Common milkweed asclepias syriaca is a native herbaceous perennial whose main virtue is its appeal to butterflies especially the monarch which deposits its eggs on the milkweed when the caterpillars hatch they feed on the leaves of milkweed.
Indeed eradication of milkweed both in. Learn which asclepias species monarchs prefer as a host plant. Planting milkweed is a one of the many ways you can help the monarch butterfly.
Common milkweed plants grow to about 2 to 4 feet in height with a thin vertical growth habit. Monarch butterfly milkweed plants sales currently by appointment and can be made for any day by texting 0437890302. The monarch butterfly population has declined over 80 in the last 20 years.
We have many other bee and butterfly plants. You can easily offset this loss of a critical host plant in your own yard by planting milkweed the vital host plant for monarch butterflies. Other common names depending on region include milkweed common tiger wanderer and black veined brown.
Restoration of habitat can be achieved with very little effort on the part of concerned gardeners. Garden is in maslin beach. Monarchbutterflies monarch butterflies butterflygardening sustainablegardens animals see more.
The monarch butterfly or simply monarch danaus plexippus is a milkweed butterfly subfamily danainae in the family nymphalidae. San antonio and austin texas fall is the time to plant wildflowers including milkweed the monarch butterfly host plant. Monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on the leaves of milkweed the only host plant for this iconic butterfly species.
Monarchs favor a variety of milkweeds and in fact with variety they ll lay more eggs. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed asclepias. Milkweed is the sole host plant to the monarch butterfly s caterpillar but keeping milkweed as part of our landscape is important to more than just monarch butterflies.
Here some species that also use milkweed in various ways. All sales are in cash. As such milkweed is critical for the survival of monarchs.