My Florida yard is small but I am trying to fill it with native plants to attract bees, butterflies and wildlife. After reading another blog about planting milkweed to help monarchs survive and thrive, I began researching the types of milkweed to plant here in central Florida where I live.
Do Your Research and Plant Native
Big box stores sell plants that look nice, and are not necessarily concerned with native species. Customers usually want pretty things to brighten up the home landscape.
Bringing non-native plants into the yard can end up being a problem. Florida contains many invasive species – the air-potato and Brazilian Pepper trees come to mind. They invade and push out more native plants. This is also true for wildlife that has been imported, but that is another blog post.
Although this page is about milkweed, researching all types of native plants for the landscape will go a long way in helping the butterflies and birds. Native plants will survive nicely, with little help, when planted where they should be.
Types of Florida Native Milkweed
There may be more types, but this is what I found when writing this page. Visiting a local nursery that sells local plants could be very helpful.
- Orange Butterfly Weed – reddish orange flowers, blooms late spring through fall – I had a volunteer pop up in my yard!
- Pink Milkweed – light pink flowers, summer blooming
- Swamp Milkweed – light pink to white, tolerates some shade
Read more about milkweed and the Monarchs at this page on the Florida Wildflower Foundation site.
Plant Real Florida is a great site for anyone wishing to fill their yard with native vegetation.