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Plantidote of the day 2011-08-28

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swamp butterfly weed

asclepias incarnata

swamp butterfly weed

Butterfly weeds attract butterflies (duh!) hence the common name. They are host plants for monarchs, although I've never seen a single monarch in my yard. They also attract hummingbirds. The swamp butterfly weed appreciates plenty of water and full sun. The more common butterfly weed (asclepias tuberosa) , is very drought tolerant. If you're interested in other varieties of milkweed, see:
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