Top 8 Types of Milkweed to Support Monarch Butterflies

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Common milkweed is native to North America and is one of the most well-known species. It produces clusters of pinkish-purple flowers.

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Swamp milkweed is another native species with pink or mauve flowers. It prefers moist soil conditions and attracts monarch butterflies.

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Butterfly weed is a colorful native milkweed species with bright orange or yellow flowers. It's a popular choice for butterfly gardens

Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

Showy milkweed features large, showy clusters of pink to lavender flowers. It's native to western North America and is an important food source

Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)

While not native to North America, tropical milkweed is widely cultivated and serves as a valuable food source for monarch caterpillars

Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

Whorled milkweed is a native species with slender stems and small, white flowers. It's well-suited to dry, sandy soils

Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)

Prairie milkweed is native to the central United States and features pink or purple flowers. It's adapted to a variety of soil types

Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens)

Purple milkweed is native to eastern North America and has striking purple or pink flowers. It's less common than some other species