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).
- See more at: http://www.monarch.org.nz/monarch/faq/what-food-plants-can-i-feed-a-monarch-butterfly-in-nz-what-do-monarch-caterpillars-eat/#sthash.HqfMgf6k.dpuf
Maria – Palmers national garden consultant
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