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One of the best ways to see monarch butterflies is by enticing expectant mothers to lay eggs on your milkweed plants. There are over 100 species of milkweed in North America and these are some of the best ones for your butterfly garden. Try planting several varieties to increase your odds of seeing (and supporting) magnificent monarchs…
There is not a lot of info available on this rare western native. It is a compact milkweed species growing 1-3′. It boasts showy green flowers with contrasting purple centers. It prefers dry, sandy soils. It actually survived one Minnesota winter and curious to see if it comes back this season. If you have experience growing this variety, please post a comment at the bottom of this page.It has a wide vertical stem that holds and grips the flowers firmly in the upstanding position. Numerous tiny flowers will begin to grow off and bloom right below the central flower, forming the classic milkweed look. Topped with flashy flower bunches of soft, vanilla-scented flowers, this arrangement resembles tiny, upside-down umbrellas that are pinkish-red in color.
Fluffs of white appear along country roads in Michigan every fall – the seed pods of milkweed plants. These little, fluffy seeds hold a lot of potential for monarchs passing through Michigan, and are important to many bees. The beautiful flowers of milkweeds produce pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. More milkweed in Michigan means more food for pollinators, and more places for monarchs on their migration. Butterflies and bees can use your help in planting more of these plants. Michigan State University Extension offers the followings steps on what you can do.You can plant them immediately this fall. October and November work well in Michigan – you want the soil to be too cold for the seeds to germinate, but not yet frozen. Choose a sunny corner where the milkweeds can spread. Create a patch of bare soil and water it so the soil is moist. Use your finger to poke holes in the soil and drop a seed in each hole. Cover and wait for spring! For more tips on fall planting, see “Fall Planting Milkweed Seeds – 10 Simple Steps!” from Monarch Butterfly Garden. (Source: www.canr.msu.edu)