Choosing Milkweeds

Arizona milkweed - Asclepias angustifolia

Arizona milkweed – Asclepias angustifolia

Choosing the right Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) for your backyard habitat or for the property you manage can be difficult. Southern Arizona has some 20 species of Milkweeds that grow across our grassland, cienega, desert and pine-oak woodland habitats. You can use this list to help you choose a species that will be most at home in your new Monarch-supporting garden.

Grassland Species:
Oak Dominated Woodlands Species:
Cienega or Wet Meadow Species:
Pollinator Garden Species (>3,500 ft):
Low Desert Milkweeds and Pollinator Garden Species (<3,500 ft):
The Borderlands’ native plant nursery is currently growing many of these species. You can read about how to collect and propagate Milkweeds here.

 

A Monarch Chrysalis on Asclepias subverticillata in Canelo Hills. Look closely and you'll see that it is about to hatch, the orange and black wings are just appearing under the jade chrysalis. When this happens, the butterfly will emerge within 24 hours.

A Monarch Chrysalis on Asclepias subverticillata in Canelo Hills. Look closely and you’ll see that it is about to hatch, the orange and black wings are just appearing under the jade chrysalis. When this happens, the butterfly will emerge within 24 hours.

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