I have no idea what YOU were thinking!
But seriously, back to milkweed. Butterfly gardens are fairly popular and if you want to have butterfly loving plants in part of your flower garden, please don’t forget to add milkweed.
Milkweed is the only food of the Monarch butterfly larvae. After migrating North from Mexico Monarch butterflies would love to stop and feed in your butterfly garden and if you have milkweed, they’ll lay eggs during their stopover.
You know those kits you get that come with a coupon to send away for a butterfly cacoon so you can watch the process of metamorphosis? How about going to your backyard, finding a caterpillar and bringing it inside to raise and watch turn into a butterfly?
You can find lots of great information about monarchs, butterfly gardening, and the monarch tagging program at http://monarchwatch.org/ You can even get a sign!
Various species of milkweed grow wild throughout the country. I’ve planted butterfly milkweed purchased from a Grow Native dealer locally (Prairie Wetland Center in the KC area). The monarch watch site does sell seed packets. It IS a weed, so surely it can’t be that difficult to grow from seed?
Monarch Watch is hosting an open house this Saturday and they will be selling several varieties of milkweed http://monarchwatch.org/openhouse/. Stop by and get some weed for your garden!