The third plant in our series is Milkweed! Now this is technically an ancient herbal plant named after the Greek god of medicine Asclepias, however its use as a herbal should be left to a professional as this plant is considered toxic.
It’s toxicity however is utilized by the monarch butterfly who’s larvae rely exclusively on Milkweed for nourishment.
From the left, Showy Milkweed (A. speciosa), Swamp Milkweed (A. incarnata), and Dwarf Milkweed (A. ovalifolia) are all garden worthy plants. I have had great success with our eastern cousin the Swamp Milkweed, grown in average soil in a sunny location. This plant puts on a show and if you are lucky it will attract the monarch butterfly and her beautiful young.
Milkweeds are easy to grow and return again each year! If you are looking for a towering plant the native Showy Milkweed grows 3 feet tall!