Milkweed - Knowledgebase Question

Thornwood, Ne
Question by bennie35gray
May 2, 2010
I had milkweed in several places in my yard because it is the host plant for monarch butterflies which I love to encourage. However the only one that came back was in full sun - the others were in afternoon sun. Could this be the reason? Are there any particular soil conditions needed? Thanks!

Answer from NGA
May 2, 2010


Full sun and well drained soils are what milkweed prefers so I suspect that those that died just didn't get the right exposure to sunshine. I'd find a sunnier spot in the garden - I'm sure the plants and the butterflies will appreciate it. Enjoy your garden!

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