Al Krismer Plant Farm
3556 Poole Road
Cincinnati Ohio 45251


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Butterfly Weed
Asclepias tuberosa

Swamp Milweed
Asclepias incarnata

Tropical Milkweed
 Asclepias curassavica


 We will have the three best plants for monarch caterpillars

Monarch butterflies are in serious trouble. This past winter recorded (2014), the number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico fell to its lowest since 1993, when records first started being kept, the World Wildlife Fund and Mexico's Environment Department reported in January. That report blamed the loss of milkweed owing to genetically modified crops and urban sprawl in the U.S. and illegal logging in the butterflies' Mexican wintering ground.

The leaves of the milkweed plant are the only place that monarchs lay their eggs and the only food that monarch butterfly caterpillars will eat. The number of milkweeds have declined by 20% in the past two decades, so it is imperative that homeowners plant milkweed for a source of breeding areas and food.

Milkweed provides chemical compounds that make monarch caterpillars unpalatable to birds and animals that might want to dine on them. This ingestion of this chemical protects the developing larvae. Of the three species of ascelpias we offer, the Swamp milkweed has the highest concentration of this chemical while A. tuberosa has the lowest. Still all three provide protection for the caterpillars.

Swamp milkweed  and tropical milkweed will grow to 48 inches tall and prefers moist fertile soils with a sunny location. Butterfly weed can take poorer drier soils and grows to about 24 inches. Both Swamp milkweed and butterfly weed are long lived perennials, while tropical milkweed is an annual in our area and will die with the first freezing temperatures. The advantage of using tropical milkweed is that it blooms up to frost and may re-seed in the garden.


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