Milkweed is friendly to butterflies and other living things in Maine

This milkweed plant and several others are growing in the Memorial Garden at Leavitt Area High School in Turner. Milkweed, once plentiful in the landscape, has been losing its habitat over the decades, which has affected Monarch butterflies because they cannot survive without it. The caterpillars feed on the leaves, and the butterflies lay their eggs on the plant, according to monarchventure.org. Milkweed should be left alone to grow and multiply, as the fragrant plants help not only Monarch butterflies but also bees and other pollinators; insecticides should be avoided. Milkweed can also be planted from seed. For more information on milkweed and how to create its habitat, visit monarchventure.org and download a free how-to flyer on planting and gardening with milkweed. (Linda Galway photo)