Glad for the alternative news. I want to start a butterfly/hummer garden this year, but my "milkweed" is either the Asclepias syriaca or tuberosa type! Whew...after an close but ugly encounter with morning glories, I don't want to do that again. Great article, thanks for sharing. :)
I've grown the asclepias and tuberosa type in zone 9 with great success, taking cuttings and just sticking them in the sandy soil. I had a load of monarchs. I'll try the asclepias in my garden here in z7. I've seen common milkweed on my property, but haven't seen any monarchs.
Great article!! I'm trying to get into Butterfly and Bee plants and took a stab at the Scarlet MW last year.
and I will be planting Butterfly Weed this year too. I have the "common" MW seeds, and now will probably NOT sow them.
I do back up to some IDOT property where i think some are growing, but not many... I'll keep an eye on them this year, though that area is about a block to my north.
DH and I were talking the past few years about Monarchs ... I used to see many as a kid, but they for what seemed like decades, none -- until about 2 yrs ago... I'm hoping the plants i'll be planting will help attract them, plus bees!!