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Hi

I have been told that there is a sister/good plant that is best for the caterpillars to go to when ready. You have mentioned plants that they go to but not the names.

Thanks

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Hi Stephanie

In NZ the natural food species of the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) larvae is the Asclepiadiae family – milkweed which includes swan plant (Gomphocarpus fruticosus) and giant swan plant (G. physocarpus) as well as Asclepias species such as tropical milkweed/bloodflower (A. curassavica). The tropical milkweed comes in two colours -scarlet (which has a gold centre) and gold (all yellow).

Happy gardening

Maria – Palmers national garden consultant

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