Top 8 Types of Milkweed to Support Monarch Butterflies

Common Milkweed

Common milkweed is a taller summer blooming for open spaces that need full light, and it may be found in 39 states. But do allow it some space to roam around, because it will. S

Swamp Milkweed

Vibrant balls of magenta and white flowers that prefer shade and moist soil bloom from summer through fall.

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weed shines in warm golds and oranges, and it may be found in an even wider variety of 41 states. From May to September, its magnificent flat-topped clusters are in full bloom.

Whorled Milkweed

The delicate, needle-like leaves and pale cream summer blooms of this milkweed give this 2-by-2-foot prairie plant an air of refinement.

Purple Milkweed

It is typically 2 to 3 feet tall and wide, and it likes loamy soil with moderate light and regular watering. Establishing it can take some time, but it's worthwhile.

Sullivant s Milkweed/Prairie Milkweed

This milkweed, which resembles a bouquet of small pink columbines, prefers full sun and any type of slightly damp soil. It develops to be one foot wide and two to three feet tall.

Showy Milkweed

Showy milkweed is a bold, sturdy option that may grow up to three feet tall. It enjoys dry, arid soils that have adequate drainage. For gardeners in the western and southwestern United States, it's a great option.

Antelope Horn Milkweed/Spider Milkweed

This native of the Southwest is similar to A. viridis, often known as spider milkweed, but more intricate. The plant grows up to 2 feet tall and 2 feet broad, and its seed heads resemble horns.