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Q.Are Milkweed Varieties You Buy From Nurseries And Flower Catalogs Actually Toxic To Monarch Butterflies/caterpillars?

Zone Richmond, IN 47374 | pks82951 added on August 14, 2022 | Answered

I have native milkweed and several “store bought” milkweed plants in my garden. I want to do what’s best for these precious insects. Someone told me that the commercially produced milkweed varieties actually kill monarchs rather than provide a place to breed and lay eggs.

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Answered on August 15, 2022

I wouldn't see an issue unless the commercially purchased plants were sprayed with pesticides, or systemics beforehand. Other than this, they should be just fine.

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