Wild About Monarchs


Our phone has been ringing this winter with an unusually high number of calls that relate to Monarch Butterflies and hosting them in gardens. So we have begun doing our own research on these remarkable creatures.  Sadly, one fact we have learned is that the number of Monarchs has dropped drastically in Mexico, where they migrate to for the winter, because of a loss of habitats in the U.S.  The best way to help our flying friends to stop this decline in numbers is to plant native plants for pollination purposes, and Milkweed species for hosting their larvae.  We carry three of the most common and important Milkweeds for Monarch Butterflies – Asclepias syriaca, incarnata and tuberosa. We will continue to investigate this important topic and hope to devote a page on our website to help our customers learn and join in the national move to “Grow Monarchs”.  Will you join us?


Here are some links you can explore yourself: www.plantmilkweed.org ; www.monarchjointventure.org ; www.monarchwatch.org; www.monarch-butterfly.com

 

MONARCH HOST PLANTS

Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed

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Asclepias syriaca – Common Milkweed 

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Asclepias tuberosa
Butterflyweed

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MONARCH NECTAR PLANTS

Asclepias incarnata
Swamp Milkweed

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Asclepias syriaca
Common Milkweed
 

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Asclepias tuberosa
Butterflyweed

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Coreopsis lanceolata
Lance Leaf Coreopsis

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Echinacea pallida
Pale Purple Coneflower

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Echinacea purpurea
Purple Coneflower

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Leucanthemum vulgare
Oxeye Daisy

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Liatris aspera
Rough Blazing Star

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Liatris pycnostachya
Cattail Gayfeather

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Lobelia cardinalis
Cardinal Flower

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Lonicera sempervirens
Coral Honeysuckle

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Lupinus perennis
Lupine

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Monarda fistulosa
Wild Bergamot

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Penstemon digitalis
White Beardtongue

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Phlox divaricata
Blue Phlox

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Sedum ternatum
Woodland Stonecrop

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Symphyotrichum laeve
New York Aster

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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
New England Aster

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Viola canadensis
Canada Violet

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Viola pedata
Birdsfoot Violet

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Viloa soroia
Blue Violet

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