Butterfly Weed vs. Tropical Milkweed
Hi there! I am curious what you all think about the attraction of butterfly weed (asclepias tuberosa) vs. tropical milkweed (asclepias curassavica) as a nectar plant in your butterfly garden.
Last year I had a small patch (3 plants) of butterfly weed and these attracted many nectaring butterflies and later in the summer I had some monarch cats on them which I brought indoors to raise.
This summer I got an early start after reading that tropical milkweed is more attractive to monarchs and I got a bed of about 20+ plants of tropical milkweed out and it is doing great. My little bed of butterfly weed came back big and full but still much smaller than my new patch of tropical milkweed, yet it (and my lantana, as a side note) is FAR outweighing the tropical milkweed in popularity as a nectaring source. As for the Monarchs I have not had any yet but if they come by when they did last year, they will not show up til later in the summer.
My question is actually two fold. First of all, am I right in thinking that tropical milkweed is more attractive to monarchs for laying eggs? And secondly, which milkweed is the best for nectaring - because many butterflies are listed as being attracted to milkweed - so which type of milkweed attracts the most butterflies??
Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and opinions!