California Monarch Milkweed-Asclepias eriocarpa-1 gallon-Limited Quantities
This is a native California milkweed so will die off in the winter and then come back in the spring. Native varieties encourage Monarch butterflies to migrate in the fall.
NOTE: Plants are sold in gallon containers FOR LOCAL CUSTOMERS ONLY. All plants shipped include stems, root stock, and soil seal in a bag, just no container. Otherwise we would have to add an extra $10 shipping charge. Arrangements can be made if your OK with add on shipping charge and want the pot to be included. Just email us.
Monarchs lay their eggs on the leaf so the caterpillars can eat them when they hatch, create a chrysalis, and turn into a Monarch butterfly. You can plant in full or partial sun. It is drought tolerant but will grow faster if not allowed to dry out for long periods of time. The alkaloids associated with this milkweed and other milkweeds give the monarch and other butterflies that feed on it protection from predators.
Alkaloids from the wrong milkweed (South American, Mexican, etc.) can expose the butterflies to predation. If the Monarch has not evolved with the the milkweed they may have limited tolerance for the particular alkaloid or latex of the plant species so good to expose them to it as much as possible.