Milkweed is a herbaceous plant found all over the world. Milkweed is sometimes prized for its decorative appeal, but more often it is considered a weed and destroyed. As a result milkweed stands are disappearing and with them the magnificent migrating Monarch butterflies.
Milkweed is part of the Asclepias family. Two widely found varieties in the United States and Canada are the Common Milkweed (Ascelpias Syriaca), also known as silkweed and butterfly flower, and Showy Milkweed (Ascelpias speciosa). Both varieties provide food and protection for migrating Monarch butterflies.