Showy Milkweed

Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa). Herbaceous perennial. Monarch butterfly food plant. Showy milkweed is bolder and more structural in the garden than its narrow-leafed cousin. It also benefits from fall planting, and might perhaps like a bit more water than narrowleaf milkweed. These photos were taken in April and May – the shots with the caterpillar…

Narrowleaf milkweed

Narrowleaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis). Herbaceous perennial. Food plant for Monarch butterfly. In a good year, these plants would be missing leaves devoured by Monarch caterpillars. This is not a good year in our garden. This is an easy enough milkweed to grow. Plant in fall. It will sit pretty much without growth, then die down…