Have you ever wondered, “What do butterflies eat?” Have you ever been curious about which local butterflies you can find in your own backyard? Find out so you can plant the right plants to help our these beauties as they migrate or pass through your area.
Asclepias exaltata (Poke Milkweed)- Often found in upland woods and woodland openings,it thrives in dappled or indirect sunlight. Can reach 5'. The foliage and flowers provide a source of food for many insects including Monarchs and the larvae of the moths the Unexpected Cycnia and the Delicate Cycnia. Rabbits also enjoy making a snack of the foliage of Poke Milkweed. Though long lived, this species is not invasive or aggressive.