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Host Plants

Plant of roundleaf goldenrod (Solidago patula) in a wooded setting.

Roundleaf Goldenrod (Solidago patula), a Comprehensive Guide in 10 Sections

Roundleaf Goldenrod (Solidago patula) is a herbaceous perennial that ranges from the mid-western to eastern United States. This plant, along with other goldenrods, is an important nectar source for many insects in the fall, including the Monarch butterfly. It can grow from 2 to 6 feet tall and has alternate, obovate leaves with serrate margins. The golden yellow flowers bloom from August to September and it is hardy in zones 3-8.

Yellow flowers of Pine-Barren Goldenrod (Solidago fistulosa) in a woodland.

Pine-Barren Goldenrod (Solidago fistulosa), a Comprehensive Guide in 9 Sections

Pine-Barren Goldenrod (Solidago fistulosa) is a herbaceous perennial that is found on the coastal plain of the east coast of the United States. This plant, along with other goldenrods, is an important nectar source for many insects in the fall including the Monarch butterfly. The golden yellow flowers bloom from July to November and it is hardy in zones 3-9.

Greenish-white flowers of Zizotes Milkweed (Asclepias oenotheroides).

Zizotes Milkweed (Asclepias oenotheroides), a Comprehensive Guide in 10 Sections

Zizotes Milkweed (Asclepias oenotheroides) is a herbaceous perennial that is found in the south-central and southwestern United States. This plant is a host to the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus). It can grow to 2 feet tall and has white, greenish-white to yellow flowers that bloom from March and December depending on location. It is hardy in zones 7-9. This plant can be purchased in the McMullen House Bed & Breakfast Garden Shop.

Plant of Heart-leaf Milkweed (Asclepias cordifolia) with purple flowers.

Heart-leaf Milkweed (Asclepias cordifolia), a Comprehensive Guide in 10 Sections

Heart-leaf Milkweed (Asclepias cordifolia) is a herbaceous perennial that is found in the western United States. This plant is a host to the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and the Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus). It can grow to 4 feet tall in the best conditions and has red to purple flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. It is hardy in zones 7-10. This plant can be purchased in the McMullen House Bed & Breakfast Garden Shop.

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