6 Easy-Care Midwest Native Plants
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Chicago gardener Charlotte Adelman wondered why butterflies ignored her flowers. Turns out, her plants were imported. She replaced them with easy-care natives that attract beneficial insects and birds and shared the findings in her book, The Midwestern Native Garden. Try her top six regional picks for long-lasting, carefree blooms in your yard.
Her list begins with orange butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa).
Blooms Juicy reddish-orange blossoms erupt early summer. Foliage lasts through fall.
Attracts Butterflies and hummingbirds. "Milkweeds prevent monarch butterflies from going extinct," Charlotte says. It's the only place they'll lay eggs.