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Plant smart, save the Monarch.

 

Monarch Butterflies are known for their incredible mass migration that bring millions of them to California and Mexico each winter. Many scientists are concerned about the eastern population of monarchs, which are occurring in ever smaller numbers. Threatened by a series of natural disasters in their Mexican wintering grounds as well as reduced acreage of milk weed plants in their summer home.

There are many native milkweed species in each of the six 'Milkweed Regions'. It is important to plant seeds from plants grown as close as possible to where you'll be planting them. Planting non-native milkweed can do great HARM to the ecosystem and can KILL Monarchs rather than save them.

 

1. Alabama

a. Asclepias asperula (antelope horns)

b. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

c. Asclepias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

d. Asclepias humistrara (Pinewoods milkweed)

e. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

f. Asclepias perennis (aquatic milkweed)

g. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

h. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

i. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

j. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

k. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

2. Arizona

a. Asclepias cryptoceras (pallid milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

d. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

e. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

3. Arkansas

a. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias perennis (aquatic milkweed)

d. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

e. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

f. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

g. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

h. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

i. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

j. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

4. California

a. Asclepias asperula (antelope horns)

b. Asclepias cordolia (heartleaf milkweed)

c. Asclepias cryptoceras (pallid milkweed)

d. Asclepias eriocarpa (indian milkweed)

e. Asclepias fascicularis (narroeleaf milkweed)

f. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

g. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

 

5. Colorado

a. Asclepias asperula (antelope horns)

b. Asclepias cryptoceras (pallid milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

e. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

 

6. Connecticut

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

f. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

7. Delaware

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

f. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

8. Florida

a. Asclepias humistrara (Pinewoods milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias perennis (aquatic milkweed)

d. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

e. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

f. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

g. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

9. Georgia

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias humistrara (Pinewoods milkweed)

d. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

e. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

f. Asclepias perennis (aquatic milkweed)

g. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

h. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

i. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

j. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

k. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

10. Idaho

a. Asclepias asperula (antelope horns)

b. Asclepias cryptoceras (pallid milkweed)

c. Asclepias fascicularis (narroeleaf milkweed)

d. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

e. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

 

11. Illinois

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias ovalifolia (oval-leaf milkweed)

e. Asclepias perennis (aquatic milkweed)

f. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

g. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

h. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

i. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

j. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

k. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

l. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

m. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

n. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

12. Indiana

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias perennis (aquatic milkweed)

e. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

f. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

g. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

h. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

i. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

j. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

k. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

13. Iowa

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias ovalifolia (oval-leaf milkweed)

e. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

f. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

g. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

h. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

i. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

 

14. Kansas

a. Asclepias asperula (antelope horns)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

e. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

f. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

g. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

h. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

i. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

j. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

15. Kentucky

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias perennis (aquatic milkweed)

e. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

f. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

g. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

h. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

i. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

j. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

16. Louisiana

a. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias perennis (aquatic milkweed)

d. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

e. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

f. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

g. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

h. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

i. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

17. Maine

a. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

b. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

c. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

d. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

e. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

f. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

18. Maryland

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

f. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

19. Massachusetts

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

f. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

20. Michigan

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias ovalifolia (oval-leaf milkweed)

e. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

f. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

g. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

h. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

i. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

j. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

k. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

21. Minnesota

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias ovalifolia (oval-leaf milkweed)

e. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

f. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

g. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

h. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

i. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

j. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

k. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

22. Mississippi

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias humistrara (Pinewoods milkweed)

d. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

e. Asclepias perennis (aquatic milkweed)

f. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

g. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

h. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

i. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

j. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

k. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

23. Missouri

a. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

b. Asclepias perennis (aquatic milkweed)

c. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

d. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

e. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

f. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

g. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

h. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

i. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

j. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

 

 

24. Montana

a. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

b. Asclepias ovalifolia (oval-leaf milkweed)

c. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

25. Nebraska

a. Asclepias asperula (antelope horns)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

d. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

e. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

f. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

g. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

h. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed

i. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

26. Nevada

a. Asclepias asperula (antelope horns)

b. Asclepias cordolia (heartleaf milkweed)

c. Asclepias cryptoceras (pallid milkweed)

d. Asclepias fascicularis (narroeleaf milkweed)

e. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

f. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

27. New Hampshire

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

f. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

28. New Jersey

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

f. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

29. New Mexico

a. Asclepias asperula (antelope horns)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c.Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

d. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

e. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

30. New York

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

f. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

31. North Carolina

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias humistrara (Pinewoods milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

e. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

f. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

g. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

h. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

32. North Dakota

a. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

b. Asclepias ovalifolia (oval-leaf milkweed)

c. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

33. Ohio

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

e. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

f. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

g. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

h. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

i. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

j. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

34. Oklahoma

a. Asclepias asperula (antelope horns)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

e. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

f. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

g. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

h. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

i. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

j. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

k. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

35. Oregon

a. Asclepias cordolia (heartleaf milkweed)

b. Asclepias cryptoceras (pallid milkweed)

c. Asclepias fascicularis (narroeleaf milkweed)

d. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

e. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

 

36. Pennsylvania

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

f. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

37. Rhode Island

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

f. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

38. South Carolina

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias humistrara (Pinewoods milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias perennis (aquatic milkweed)

e. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

f. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

39. South Dakota

a. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

b. Asclepias ovalifolia (oval-leaf milkweed)

c. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

d. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

e. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

f. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

h. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

40. Tennessee

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias perennis (aquatic milkweed)

e. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

f. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

g. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

h. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

i. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

j. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

41. Texas

a. Asclepias asperula (antelope horns)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias perennis (aquatic milkweed)

d. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

e. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

f. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

g. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

h. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

i. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

j. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

42. Utah

a. Asclepias cryptoceras (pallid milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

 

43. Vermont

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

f. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

44. Virginia

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

d. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

e. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

f. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

g. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

45. Washington

a. Asclepias cryptoceras (pallid milkweed)

b. Asclepias fascicularis (narroeleaf milkweed)

c. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

 

46. West Virginia

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

e. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

f. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

g. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

h. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

i. Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

 

47. Wisconsin

a. Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

b. Aslecpias hirtella (tall green milkweed)

c. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

d. Asclepias ovalifolia (oval-leaf milkweed)

e. Asclepias purpurascens (purple milkweed)

f. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

g. Asclepias sullivantii (prairie milkweed)

h. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

i. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)

j. Asclepias variegate (redring milkweed)

k. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

 

48. Wyoming

a. Asclepias cryptoceras (pallid milkweed)

b. Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)

c. Asclepias ovalifolia (oval-leaf milkweed)

d. Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

e. Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

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