Found alongside roads, milkweed was once abundant in fields. This is the plant that monarch caterpillars eat—the only plant that they eat in fact! With the disappearance of fields among other problems, comes the disappearance of monarch butterflies. Can I convince you to add a place for milkweed in your garden? Collect local seeds, move a stray milkweed into your garden or order the seeds online. My photos show our milkweed garden area. They really are beautiful plants and yes, we have seen the caterpillars!
Information about milkweed from the National Wildlife Federation:
Paula Ziegler is a local resident who has a concern for the fate of bees, butterflies, and all wildlife which inspire her to find solutions to creating wildlife habitat gardens that fit into the look of the neighborhood. Her hope is that you enjoy her blogs and perhaps start a wildlife garden of your own! Learn more about Paula at https://www.facebook.com/paulayourgardenkeeper