The monarch butterfly is dependent on milkweed, as the caterpillar stage can only consume milkweed as their food. This beautiful perennial genus of plants offers a wide variety of foliage, blooming times, and flower colors. In addition to supporting the monarch butterfly, many other creatures use milkweed in their day-to-day life. Many other butterfly species, honey bees, and native bees take nectar from milkweed. From supporting local pollinators, to providing a place for children and adults alike to watch the incredible lifecycle of the monarch butterfly, milkweed definitely has a place in our gardens.