The only native host plant for monarch butterflies west of the Cascade Mountains!
Showy milkweed’s thick fleshy stems and leaves make it a unique addition to any landscape, and the large, showy, globe-like pink flowers attract clouds of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. In the Northwest, showy milkweed does best in open sunny habitats with moist, fertile soils, and low competition from taller plants.
Our seed has a mixed origin, harvested from parent plants in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and from far northern California. Unlike showy milkweed populations from other parts of the West, and from central California, ours are rather small in stature, typically not growing more than 3 ½ feet high.
While monarch butterfly numbers have declined by more than 80% over the past 20 years, the past few years have seen regular reports of them appearing in cities like Portland. This plant is critical to their survival in our region!
Approximately 100 seeds per packet (0.8 grams).