Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
This plant is the larval host for monarch and queen butterflies. It's also an important food source for native bees, honey bees, and bumble bees. I'm proud to say I grew this plant from seed. It has spread in my yard just a little bit.
my last POST on milkweed (with more information and links)
Information and Growing Guide (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
Monarch butterfly Monarch Watch.org
Queen butterfly Butterflies and Moths of North America
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