Habitat Plants

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Milkweeds for Monarchs

Monarch butterflies feed exclusively on milkweed plants and depend on them for their survival. Choose from tropical milkweed varieties or our California native species.

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Thread Leaf Milkweed
(Asclepias fascicularis)

  • California native.
  • Grows wild in Orange County.
  • Easy to grow in a sunny garden.
  • Creamy white to pink flowers in clusters.
  • Summer blooming.
  • To three feet high and wide.
  • Perennial, that goes dormant each winter, regrows each spring.
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Tropical Milkweed
(Asclepias curassavica)

  • Native to Central and South America.
  • Colorful flowers, in shades or orange, yellow or red.
  • Easy to grow in a sunny garden.
  • Two to three feet high and a little less wide.
  • Evergreen, flowering most of the year.
  • Important to cut to 3-4 inches every winter.
  • Remove seed heads to prevent reseeding.