A GREAT HEDGE THAT ATTRACTS BUTTERFLIES, BEES & BIRDS
Milkweeds are a group of plants belonging to the genus Asclepias, which contains over 100 species. These plants are known for their importance as a host plant for the Monarch butterfly, as well as for their beautiful flowers and hardy nature.
Milkweeds can vary in size, depending on the species. Some, like the Common Milkweed, can grow up to six feet tall and spread widely through underground rhizomes, while others, such as the Butterfly Weed, are more compact, reaching only 2-3 feet in height. Be sure to account for the mature size of the milkweed species you choose when planning your garden layout.
Caring for your Milkweed
While some species may have specific care requirements, this guide will provide a general overview of how to successfully grow and maintain milkweed plants in your garden.
Most milkweed species require full sun to grow and flower at their best, so choose a planting location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily.
Milkweeds are generally adaptable to a range of soil types, from sandy to clayey. However, they generally prefer well-draining soils. Some species, like the Swamp Milkweed, can tolerate wetter soils, while others, such as the Butterfly Weed, prefer drier, even rocky soils. Milkweeds can tolerate a wide range of soil pH levels, but they generally prefer slightly acidic to neutral soils, with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0.