The motherly milkweed provides sustenance to the Monarch butterfly and is crucial to sustain the species.
Everyone who loves butterflies should plant milkweed and since NObody doesn’t love butterflies, there should be enough milkweed planted to sustain the entire cosmos.To clarify, I’m not referring to the plural of one my fave cocktails, but the cosmos of our universe.
According to Monarch Joint Venture…
Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.), and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. With shifting land management practices, we have lost much milkweed from the landscape.
Please plant milkweed to support monarch populations, and their incredible migration!
Planting milkweed is a great way to help other pollinators too, as they provide valuable nectar resources to a diverse suite of bees and butterflies.
For a brief how-to flyer on planting and gardening, download MJV’s Gardening for Monarchs or the Wild Ones “Wild for Monarchs” brochure.
As soon as I put the plant in the ground, it became inundated with all the Monarchs in my little part of the world.
I planted it FAR away from the vegetable garden so the hungry little caterpillars wouldn’t decide to vary their diet and eat all my veggies.
Reminder! Don’t use pesticides or herbicides. Click here for free butterfly garden and milkweed seeds:
More information at Bring Back the Monarchs
Californians can help save the monarch butterfly by restoring habitats where they can thrive. Take action now: Tell lawmakers to vote “YES” on AB 559 to restore monarch butterfly habitats. http://ecovote.org/SaveTheMonarch >>
I planted a whole lot of it this spring, but I got the seeds in late because the snow lingered. There are a bunch of tiny sprouts. I am not sure if they will survive. If not, I’ll try again next spring. We don’t have ideal conditions. Not enough sun.
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My son’s friend brought me the plant when they were here last week, I’m going to try seeds next. Fingers crossed your sprouts will survive! I can’t believe how quickly the Monarchs searched it out.
An Omnimax film on the Monarchs was one of the best I’ve seen at our museum theater.