Monarch Butterflies on Butterfly Weed
This year we finally got around to planting some butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa.) We had bought some in the past from a local garden center, but it turned out to be goldenrod. Which is not butterfly weed! The goldenrod spread like crazy and I am still pulling up clumps of it.
The butterfly weed is doing it’s job and has become a favorite of the monarchs! The only problem that I can see is that the leaves of the butterfly weed are similar to goldenrod leaves. Perhaps that is why the garden center made a mistake, though you would think if anyone could tell the difference it would be a garden center. They have since gone out of business, maybe they sold other mislabeled plants.
When I see the leaves side by side, I can tell a difference. One has more veining and one has slight notches in the leaves. This will not help me in the spring though when everything starts coming back up. I need to take a photo of both leaves side by side, with arrows pointing to the differences, otherwise, I’ll be lost in the spring.
Do you grow butterfly weed in your garden?