I've been heartened by the improvement in the central flyway reports by Journey North compared to last year. We'll see.
I've been a fan of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) for years, as it seems to be the favorite larval host here in the Piedmont for the late spring/early summer migration north. But it's not for every garden. It's assertive, spreading from underground runners.
We've had to edit it heavily in the Butterfly Garden at the SC Botanical Garden, even as it was "banned" from one of our front borders maintained by a local garden club.
I've edited ours from the "meadow" in front of the garage in the past, but here's what it's like after a summer away without editing.
A common milkweed meadow!
|What it looked like a few years ago in fall|