Plant Families / Asclepias
Attracting butterflies in great numbers, Asclepias are evergreen or deciduous perennials boasting brilliant clusters of petite, star-shaped flowers, which give way to fluffy seed pods that split open in the fall, and release hundreds of silky-haired seeds. Both a food source and a host plant for butterflies, in particular the monarch, these highly ornamental plants are easy to grow and a must to beautify your garden. They also are critical to the monarch butterflies survival, whose population in North America has plummeted by 90% in the last 20 years. By planting milkweed in your own garden, you can help reverse the fortune of these beautiful insects!