Milkweeds are a very important group of plants for pollinators, especially for the monarch butterfly. There are 12 species of milkweeds in Wyoming - though three of those are rare. Part of the goal for this program is to find out which species, if not all of them, provide the monarch caterpillar with its critical food source. Milkweeds are often considered a weedy species, and are targeted for spraying in pastures and along ditches. However, they are important assets to monarchs, and do great in garden settings!
You can identify milkweed species based on their location in the state, leaf shape, flower color and other hints.
Download the ID Guide
Click here to download the printer friendly, Monarchs and Milkweeds' Milkweed Identification Guide to learn how to identify milkweed species.
To learn more visit these online resources:
- Cultivating milkweeds in your garden: Plants With Altitude: Regionally Native Plants for Wyoming Gardens
- Monarch and Milkweed coloring book
- Monarchs and Milkweeds elementary school lesson plan