Milkweed

 

Asclepias

Asclepias, are classic American wildflowers that make a lovely addition to gardens. American milkweeds are an important nectar source for native bees, wasps, and other nectar-seeking insects, though non-native honey bees commonly get trapped in the stigmatic slits and die.  Milkweed plants are the ONLY food that the larvae of the Monarch butterfly can eat, and thus they are the critical link in the lifecycle of the Monarchs. Without milkweeds, these beautiful butterflies will completely disappear.