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You probably know about the link between milkweed and monarch butterflies, but did you know milkweed is good for birds, too? Swamp Milkweed is one garden-worthy species that serves our feathered friends in important ways. This stately native Spirit attracts many insects—not just monarchs—that in turn attract insectivorous birds. Swamp Milkweed in particular draws aphids, which is not at all a bad thing if you’re a warbler, finch, sparrow, or chickadee! In addition, hummingbirds may sip from the flowers, and all sorts of birds use the downy-soft “silk” to line their nests. A boon to wildlife on six legs AND on two!
May Benefit & Attract: Chickadees & titmice, orioles, sparrows, vireos, waxwings, wood warblers, hummingbirds, wrens, and Monarch butterflies.
Got Milkweed? Now more than ever, restoring native plants is vital to preserving the population of our beloved birds and pollinators! Our Got Milkweed? program is a dedicated team of expert growers choosing the selection of native milkweed that is right for your area, ensuring success, and nurturing a gorgeous native hummingbird and butterfly garden right in your own backyard.
Invite this colorful character to all your summer garden parties, bringing kids and families together in wonder and conservation. Adding a touch of exuberance to your quiet garden beds with the strong personality of alluring scents and bold blooms. Hummingbirds and caterpillars will safely enjoy this inspirational spirit as they are grown neonicotinoid-free, which means they can enjoy green leaves and rich nectar unharmed. So sit back and let our experts choose the native milkweed that is best for our winged friends and make a big impact in your gardens. A better plant. A better promise. Handpicked for you. Click here to learn more.
- Our expert growers will choose milkweed native to your area to ensure healthiness of local ecosystems.
- Natives are naturally adapted to local climate and soil conditions, making them easier to grow and lower maintenance in care.
- Native landscapes are critical to maintaining biodiversity in the landscape.
- Definition of Native Plant: "In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European settlement. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money." - The National Audubon Society / audubon.org
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird and butterfly-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds and pollinators, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Milkweed in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds, pollinators and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and pollinators and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for our local migrating birds, pollinators, and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds, pollinators and other wildlife in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.
Does Not Ship to: AK, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
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The clouds of fragrant flowers, milky latex, and versatile use of milkweed have been attracting attention for centuries. Indigenous people boiled the young shoots, flower buds, and roots for medicinal and edible uses. Did you know that milkweed was a hero in World War II? In 1943, a milkweed seed and floss-extracting plant was built in Michigan that provided armed forces with over two million pounds of plant material used to stuff 1.2 million life vests! Milkweed is even still used commercially today for stuffing pillows and comforters, proving to be more cost-effective and sustainable than down or synthetic fibers. From healing to buoyant qualities, milkweed has been quietly saving lives and sleep for centuries. It is now needed to play its significant role in enriching conservation efforts for our hummingbirds and pollinators, and especially for one of the most beautiful and graceful are the Monarchs. You won’t see hummingbirds or butterflies if you ain’t got milkweed!
Milkweed is perfect for a rain garden or for that low spot in your yard that always seems to stay soggy. However, it does just fine in regular garden conditions, too. Monarch caterpillars look nothing like the familiar orange and black adults. Caterpillars are striped with yellow, black, and white. If you decide to cut some milkmaid flowers for a bouquet (which is not a bad idea), check the leaves carefully for baby monarchs!
How to Grow
Milkweed loves to bask in all-day sun, and it will grow in just about any type of soil as long as it’s well drained. Once it’s established, the plant will be quite drought tolerant. It develops a thick taproot to enable it to survive during dry periods, which makes it difficult to transplant, so don’t try to move a well-rooted plant. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage rebloom. Cut back plants any time before new growth appears in the spring. Be patient—this Spirit is slow to emerge. You may want to mark its location before winter comes, so you don’t forget where it is! Once you’ve determined what conditions your plant needs to thrive, plant them somewhere you (and hummingbirds and butterflies) can enjoy them!
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