Milkweed Plants – a Monarch Must-Have!
Did you know that the ONLY plant Monarch caterpillars eat is Milkweed? The plant contains a cardiac poison that the caterpillars are immune to . . . but also makes the little critter poisonous to predators! Over time, the predators have learned to recognize the coloring of this caterpillar and avoid it at all costs.
The problem for Monarchs is that Milkweed is disappearing across their migration paths and, without it, they are producing less and less generations each summer. In fact, last year the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service began considering placing the Monarch on the Endangered Species list and started a campaign to reintroduce Milkweed across the nation.
And that’s the good news! Gardeners from Texas to Minnesota are learning to love Milkweed again – and why not? It’s easy to grow and has a sturdy upright growth pattern; blooms nearly all summer with really pretty purple flowers; attracts all kinds of beneficial pollinators; feeds the caterpillars (of course); and produces a striking seed pod perfect for dried floral arrangements. Milkweed also looks fantastic combined with other summer flowering plants such as Black-Eyed Susans, Tall Garden Phlox, or Purple Coneflower and is a must-have in every cottage garden. Even better, it self-propagates through a rhizome so you only need to plant a few to create a haven for Monarchs and their babies.
Are you interested in starting your own Monarch Sanctuary? You can order plants from Clovers Garden or enter to win four live Milkweed plants during this week’s giveway (Monday 7/18 – Wednesday 7/20)!
To enter the giveaway, leave your answer to the following question on the comments section of our Facebook Clovers Garden Milkweed Plants giveaway post: “What interesting fact did you learn about Clovers Garden Milkweed Plants?”
Leave your comment on the Facebook giveaway post anytime from Monday July 18 through midnight Wednesday July 20 as well as share the Facebook giveaway post on your timeline. The winner will be drawn at random from all qualified entrants, and notified through Facebook. (See rules for more information.)
Would you like to learn more about this awesome plant and America’s favorite butterfly? Click here to request a free Milkweed & Monarchs e-book from Clovers Garden!
UPDATE 7/29/16: Congratulations to Kelly O’Brien!