6 Fascinating Milkweed Facts You Should Know
There's much more to milkweed plants than you know. Discover fascinating milkweed facts about this butterfly garden staple.
Monarch Butterflies Need Milkweed to Survive
Milkweed is the one and only host plant for monarch caterpillars and butterflies, which prefer local, native varieties. Avoid growing non-native tropical milkweed. When you’re done reading these milkweed facts, find out if milkweed is poisonous to people and pets.
Milkweed Also Attracts Other Butterflies
Meet the milkweed tussock moth and caterpillar.
There’s Over 100 Milkweed Species to Grow
Is honeyvine milkweed an invasive plant?
The Rarest Type of Milkweed in the Americas
Prostrate milkweed (A. prostrata) is endangered. Only 24 populations of this plant remain in South Texas and northern Mexico. Are monarch butterflies endangered?
What Do Milkweed Flowers Look Like?
Milkweed flowers typically have five downward-facing petals, and an upward-facing corona made up of five hoods.
Check out more nectar-rich monarch butterfly flowers you should grow in your garden.
Milkweed Floss Saved Sailors’ Lives
Share this one of our milkweed facts with history lovers. The floss from two bags of ripe milkweed pods (40 lbs. total) could fill one life jacket for World War II sailors.
Next, learn how to collect milkweed seeds.