Asked April 10, 2016, 12:38 PM EDT

Some organizations are selling milk weed seeds to encourage Monarch butterflies. I have heard that milkweed can be toxic to livestock. What is your advice in planting these seeds?

Queen Anne's County Maryland

3 Responses

I assume that if someone buys seeds to plant for monarchs ,that it is OK to plant them in a residential garden but not on a farm where livestock could access the milkweed. Is this correct. What about rabbits and deer ???

It is not recommended to plant milkweed where livestock can access it. Even if rabbits and deer sample the plants, they will leave it alone as there are alkaloids in the plant parts.