White Twinevine Milkweed – Funastrum clausum

Soldier butterflies are a bit pickier about host plants than Monarch and Queen butterflies. Their favorite host plant in south Florida is White Vine, also called White Twinevine, Funastrum clausum.

White Twinevine Milkweed Funastrum clausum Monarch & Queen host Soldier host plant

White Twinevine Milkweed
Funastrum clausum
Monarch & Queen host
Soldier host plant

White Twinevine Milkweed Funastrum clausum Growing on Fence Soldier butterfly host

White Twinevine Milkweed
Funastrum clausum
Growing on Fence
Soldier butterfly host

Soldier butterfly Danaus eresimus

Soldier butterfly
Danaus eresimus

White Twinevine Milkweed Funastrum clausum US native state map

White Twinevine Milkweed
Funastrum clausum
US native state map

White Twinevine is in the milkweed family, full of white sap. In this vine, the sap is excessively sticky, unlike most milkweeds.

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Average to rich

Soil: Average to moist

Height: Aggressive vine grows to top of pole, tree, or trellis to 14′ and more

Flowers: White

Propagation: Seed and stem cuttings

Host: Solder, Queen, Monarch

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