Asclepias (Butterfly Flower)
This is a must-have for the butterfly garden as it is a source of nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds! Growing asclepias supplies the larvae of the Monarch butterfly with food and shelter, providing caterpillars food and a resting place before they leave the caterpillar stage and become butterflies. As the plants can be toxic; consumption of the plant protects caterpillars from predators. The flowers are long-lasting and bloom early to mid-summer. These plants do not like to be transplanted and should be allowed to "naturalize". Makes a great border perennial.