Monarch caterpillars on the Fur Balls plant

Monarch Butterfly on Asclepias Monkey Balls plant

I’m running a Monarch caterpillar bed and breakfast. I’ve seen so many names for this plant. See what some have said below and I’ve seen the word Fur/Furr spelled both ways.

Monarch caterpillar on Asclepias Monkey Balls plant, Furr Balls

My Furr Balls plant is home to about 10 right now. This milkweed plant has been so interesting to grow. Follow the link to find out more. Also did a post HERE.

Monarch Caterpillar on Asclepias Furr Balls plant

Darla at Family and Flowers has been on a Monarch adventure. She grew them inside from eggs to adult butterfly and blogged about it. Darla has photographed the different stages and written about it extensively so go check out her blog.

Monarch caterpillar on Asclepias Furr Balls plantI guess this guy is trying to take a bite out of a Furr Ball. Warning—this plant is more often called Monkey Balls.

Asclepias Monkey Balls, Furr Balls bloomThe blooms are interesting and beautiful. It has stayed in full bloom for months while producing more and more balls. I got the seeds from Thompson and Morgan. I planted them in the Spring and it’s such a big hit that I’ll do it again next year. They were directly sown in the beds.

Monarch on Asclepias Furr Balls plantThe background for the above picture are caladiums. I’ve got red and white varieties growing in this bed. Furr Balls is a full sun plant but this bed gets good morning sun but is protected from our NC baking hot afternoon blazes. Anything grows back here from shade lovers to sun addicts. It’s the perfect light.

Also growing in this bed is Mexican Sage.

Mexican SageI love Mexican sage but it almost wasn’t hot or sunny enough for this plant. We had an unusually cool summer. This took forever to bloom.

Mexican sageFrom Furr Balls to furry sage——-

For a good read on another garden in NC that is following the Monarch migration,

Defining Your Home, Garden and Travel

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Jean says:

    What an interesting plant. I’ll have to look for it. I have some experience with baboons so I know why they have, ahem, that other name.


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