We recommend planting native milkweeds only. California is home to 15 species of milkweed. Two of these species, showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) and narrow-leaved milkweed (A. fascicularis) are the most favorable for Monarchs.

Establishing
& Care for
Milkweed

 

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Sunburst Nurseries Showy Milkweed

Plant your drought tolerant & pesticide-free milkweed any time starting in March-October. Plant the Milkweed from 8 to 10 inches apart. Plant in well drained soil or remediate the soil. Water immediately after planting and then once or twice per week until the fall/winter rains in November take over. Milkweed plants respond well to normal fertilization using a balanced fertilizer. The Milkweed will go dormant in the winter and grow again in the spring. Be sure to water once per week as the rains subside and temperatures raise.

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Chrysalis or Pupa
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