Plants for Monarchs


  • The Milkweed plant is the sole host plant for Ruler butterflies. Despite the fact that Rulers have inclinations of a few assortments over others, there are a wide range of types of milkweed plants that Ruler caterpillars will happily eat up. This article will introduce a portion of the best milkweeds for Rulers, local ranges, and general data for a few animal groups. 

  • One awesome thing about Milkweeds is that they serve as a host AND nectar plant. As a host plant, they are just utilized by Ruler and Ruler butterflies however as a nectar plant they are very prevalent among many butterfly species. 

  • Best Milkweed for Rulers 

  • Characterizing the "best" requires a blend of district, butterfly inclination and plant execution. Diverse milkweed plants will develop better in different locales of the nation while the butterflies "top pick" can likewise fluctuate among districts (and even in a similar garden from year to year). 


  • There are more than 100 types of milkweeds in North America and not every one of them are utilized by Rulers. I will concentrate predominantly on surely understood plants that have seed accessible, are known to be utilized by Rulers and are garden well disposed (with a couple of exemptions that I will call attention to in the portrayals underneath). 

  • This rundown is not complete and I urge you to attempt a couple of assortments in your garden to set up what develops well and to give your Rulers a decision and in addition back-ups. Many butterfly cultivate specialists have at least three distinct sorts of milkweed consistently. 

  • This rundown is a mix as a matter of fact, gathering remarks, and research. I respect your own particular experience so I can ceaselessly refine and grow this rundown by inclination, district, and execution. Kindly Get in touch with us on the off chance that you might want to share your experience. 



  • Tropical milkweed likely wins the challenge for the Rulers most loved milkweed in many patio nurseries. It is really not local to the US but rather has naturalized in zones 9-11 (conceivably 8b too) where it develops as an enduring. In any case, this plant develops quick and simple from seed and promptly blossoms all late spring so is utilized as a yearly everywhere throughout the US and Canada. 

  • It doesn't require icy stratification like numerous milkweed seeds do and it delivers a great deal of collectible seeds each late spring. The seeds can then be winter sown or began inside ahead of schedule in the spring to get a kick off on the butterfly season. 

  • This milkweed plant may reseed itself in your garden or may even return in the spring in a secured zone. It is exceedingly prescribed by many butterfly plant specialists and is additionally an incredible nectar plant for some different butterflies. 

  • For more nitty gritty data, photographs, as well as buys please observe our total portrayal at Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica). 



  • Overwhelm milkweed and the following few recorded beneath are known to be high up in the Rulers inclination list. Because of local extents, districts and individual garden fluctuations it is hard to put one over another as a general Ruler "top choice". 

  • Asclepias incarnata is a lasting, strong in zones 3-8 (a few reports incorporate zone 9). It is a wetland plant yet will do fine in medium soggy conditions once settled. 

  • It develops effectively from seed in the event that it is chilly stratified before beginning inside or Fall/Winter sowed. This milkweed is local to a large portion of the USA and eastern Canada with the special case being the west drift. It is a decent expansion to a butterfly plant and is likewise appealing to numerous types of butterflies as a nectar plant. 

  • Overwhelm milkweed is not obtrusive as some different milkweeds are and is very much carried on in the garden. We have photographs, more nitty gritty data, and seeds/plants available to be purchased at Marsh Milkweed. 


  • Swan or Inflatable Plant (Asclepias physocarpa) 

  • Asclepias physocarpa (otherwise called Gomphocarpus physocarpus) has numerous regular names including Swan plant, Inflatable plant, Oscar, Family Gems, Bushy Balls and Goliath Swan Milkweed. 

  • It is prevalent with the Rulers and is an exceptionally intriguing milkweed in that the seed cases are round balls. The blooms are pretty yet not extraordinary; notwithstanding, the seed cases make this milkweed plant emerge as a discussion piece! The cases are additionally awesome for dried courses of action. 

  • Family Gems milkweed is really local to South Africa. It is a delicate lasting in zones 9-10 and in tropical zones could get to be distinctly weedy/obtrusive. It is developed as a yearly in the cooler zones. Seeds can be gathered in the fall and replanted in the spring. 

  • This milkweed is a huge plant achieving 5-6 feet tall with a tree like shape. To see more pictures, get more data or buy plants/seeds please visit Asclepias physocarpa. 

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  • There are two unique types of milkweed that have the regular name of "Purple Milkweed"; Asclepias purpurascens and Asclepias cordifolia. Asclepias cordifolia likewise has the basic name of Heart-leaf milkweed. Heart-leaf milkweed is local to California, Nevada, and Oregon while Asclepias purpurascens is local to focal and eastern US and Eastern Canada. 



  • Both of these plants are once in a while supported among butterfly nursery workers since they are remarkable in shading with darker bloom shades of violet or purple contrasted with most different milkweeds. They are likewise all around carried on in garden settings and are effortlessly controlled. Asclepias purpurascens is like normal milkweed (talked about beneath) yet its blooms are substantially darker and it is vastly improved acted in the garden. 

  • The toughness go for Heart-leaf milkweed is zones 7-10 while Asclepias purpurascens is strong in zones 3-8. 

  • We have more information, pictures and seeds/plants accessible for Heart-leaf milkweed here and Asclepias purpurascens here 


  • Normal Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) 

  • Normal Milkweed is an enduring that is local to North America. This milkweed and the one portrayed underneath populate "weedy" regions inside their district. They are appealing to Rulers, despite the fact that, the Rulers might be more pulled in to a portion of the milkweeds named above on the off chance that they are accessible. 

  • Asclepias syriaca is local to the focal and eastern portion of the Unified States and Canada and is solid in zones 4-9. It is anything but difficult to develop and does well in a wide range of soil sorts. 

  • Asclepias syriaca will be a decent decision on the off chance that you have the space for it outside of your garden. In a fruitful garden without the opposition of weeds it is intrusive. Regular milkweed will grow up wherever through underground rhizomes (and reseeding) and is difficult to destroy. 

  • In the event that you are searching for a milkweed plant to put in a decorative garden you might need to consider an alternate kind of milkweed (like the ones specified above) or keep your Basic milkweed in vast holders. If it's not too much trouble visit our depiction of Basic milkweed for all the more developing data and seed or plants. 

  • Ostentatious Milkweed plant 

  • Asclepias speciosa 

  • Source: Vicki Watkins under Inventive Lodge 

  • Ostentatious Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) 

  • Ostentatious milkweed is the western adaptation of Basic milkweed. It is found in the western portion of the US and up into Canada. It is strong in zones 4-9 and is a rhizomatous plant spreading underground or by seeds much like Regular milkweed. Likewise with Regular milkweed, Flashy milkweed can turn out to be extremely obtrusive in the garden. 

  • Conspicuous milkweed gains its name when it is in blossom. The blossoms are fragrant and very truly set against shimmering green foliage. 

  • Asclepias speciosa will do well in dry conditions and poor soil. It is accounted for that this plant does not do well in holders unless they are 5 gallons or bigger. 

  • We have a depiction of Asclepias speciosa that gives significantly more data on developing and tending to Garish milkweed and in addition seeds/plants available to be purchased. 

  • Butterfly Weed Milkweed 

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  • Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) 

  • Butterfly weed falls at the base of the rundown in light of the fact that most Rulers incline toward other milkweed plants. In any case, the Ruler butterflies have utilized it in my yard when it has been the first up or when all other milkweed has been exhausted. It is a major magnet for different butterflies as a nectar source. I truly like this plant in my butterfly plant since it pulls in many butterflies to its nectar and it is my reinforcement caterpillar sustenance. 

  • Asclepias tuberosa is a seemingly perpetual and extreme lasting and is tough in zones 3-9. It is local to the greater part of the USA and eastern Canada. It is a simple and tried and true plant once it is built up and it is exceptionally very much acted in the garden. Asclepias tuberosa produces a solid taproot which makes set up plants hard to transplant additionally makes the plant tolerant of dry conditions. 

  • The Butterfly weed blossoms have a brilliant garden nearness and this is a simple milkweed I like having around. For more information, pictures, seeds and plants, please visit Butterfly Weed. 

  • Extra Data about Milkweed Plants 

  • There are numerous a bigger number of sorts of milkweeds than I can cover here. On the off chance that you have a nearby local plants nursery you might need to check there for good local milkweeds in your general vicinity. Simply make sure to inquire as to whether that is an issue for where you will plant it. Additionally, I will add more milkweed plants to this rundown as I gain more from peruser input or from research. 

  • Ruler butterfly on regular milkweed 

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