Common milkweed in bloom with light purple flower clusters.


Milkweed plants are an important part of a garden; they provide food and shelter for caterpillars, monarch butterflies, and other wildlife. They also help to provide pollen for bees and other pollinators who are attracted to the flowers. Read our guides below to learn more about how you can add milkweed plants to your own garden. Find tips on care, cultivar selection, planting tips, and more. Happy gardening!

Why You Need Milkweed: A Guide to Growing Asclepias

White and purple milkweed flowers, with an orange and black Monarch butterfly, and large green leaves.

Milkweed is a native perennial that’s easy to grow, and it attracts a seemingly unlimited list of wildlife to the garden. As the only host to monarch butterflies, growing it is a foolproof way to aid your local ecosystem, and to gain the admiration of your neighbors. Learn how to grow Asclepias now on Gardener’s Path!

How to Care for Milkweed Plants in Winter

A close up horizontal image of a Asclepias plant that has finished flowering and gone to seed, covered in frost in the winter garden, pictured on a soft focus background.

Milkweed is wonderful for attracting monarch butterflies and other pollinators to the garden, and with minimal winter care, this attractive perennial herb will reemerge from its impressive root system year after year. Ready to learn how to winterize your milkweed plants for a bounty of blooms next season? Read more.