What are the pros? Monarchs need milkweeds
What are the cons? Deer keep eating it
I like that this variety of milkweed is low growing, so it looks at home in the middle or even front of a flower bed. I grow several other types of milkweeds (swamp milkweed, whorled milkweed) in the same bed, and they do attract monarch butterflies. It's like magic. You plant it. It blooms. Monarchs show up. Every garden should have milkweed in it for them. I recommend planting the seeds in the Fall or before the ground freezes in Winter for better germination or doing a cold stratification process. I also grow fennel and parsley in the same bed, and the black swallowtail butterflies love those. There were so many caterpillars. And watching the butterflies in the nearby evergreen trees at sunset was a Summertime treat. The deer do like the plant, and some of the taller milkweed varieties stood up to deer munching better than this one, so I would recommend planting several kinds..
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