milkweed for monarchs

Asked April 14, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT

Hi, I live in lancaster county and was wondering if you could direct me to where I might be able to purchase milkweed. Thanks so much!!! Rob Wolfe

Lancaster County Pennsylvania attracting pollinators butterflies monarch butterfly and milkweed

1 Response

You may want to try your local gardening center that may have several plants that can attract butterflies. I did a quick search of stauffers of kissel hill and found:

Milkweed, Butterfly – Asclepias tuberosa
Asclepias tuberose – butterfly weed

I think these two may be the same plant.

Butterfly Bush Buddleia is also popular

Some of Stauffers’ favorite new and older varieties include:

  • Black Knight – Prolific heavy bloomer with dark purple flower spikes
  • Pink Delight – Large pink flower trusses all summer long
  • White Profusion – Pure white flower spikes on a medium compact habit
  • Honeycomb – Creamy Yellow flowers
  • Miss Ruby – Vivid pink blooms on a compact pant with contrasting silvery foliage
  • Miss Molly – Huge, near red, fragrant blooms on a compact, medium size shrub
  • Proven Winner – Lo & Behold Series – Profuse bloomers and compact size (Blue Chip, Ice Chip, Purple Haze)
  • Buzz Series – Extremely tidy compact habit, and long blooming qualities in an array of colors (Velvet, Sky Blue, Lavender, Ivory, magenta)
  • Flutterby Series – Dwarf to compact in size with outstanding and unique flower colors. Many with sterile seeds (Blue Heaven, Flow Lavender, Tuitti Fruitti, Blueberry Cobbler, Peach Cobbler)
Mention of brand names or stores is not to be considered an endorsement nor exclusion of others. Use is for example purposes only.

Contact the county master gardener program at 717 394-6851 should you have further questions. Thanks for your question, G.