Asclepias plants produce sweetly fragranced flowers that attract butterflies, bees, swallowtails and hummingbirds. It is used by the Queen and Monarch butterfly for egg-laying and is the only plant that a Monarch caterpillar can eat and survive on!
Asclepias, pronounced as-KLEE-pee-uss, is more commonly called Milkweed, or Butterfly Weed, a rather villainous-sounding nickname. But, it is far from being a weed. It is non-invasive and safe to plant in any garden. It grows best in full sun when planted in well-drained soil. Water moderately, but not late in the day. Along with being a low maintenance plant, it is also deer-proof.