If you’re thinking about growing a monarch butterfly garden, this is the year to started, the future of the monarch migration could depend on it!
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the number of monarchs has dropped from a billion in their heyday to about 33 million in 2014 — or more than 80 percent since the mid-1990s! And this year’s over-wintering Eastern Monarch population showed a 27% decrease compared to last year’s numbers, reported Monarch Joint Venture. Click here to download our Planting a Monarch Garden brochure.
What can you do?
• Plant milkweed for caterpillars (Email email@example.com for seeds.)
• Plant native plants and nectar resources for adult butterflies
• Don’t use pesticides or plants raised with pesticides
• Join a monarch citizen science project
• Contribute to conservation in other ways
(Clockwise from top left)
• Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa
• Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca
• Swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata
• Tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica
• Whorled Milkweed, Asclepias verticillata
Favorite Nectar Sources
(Right – Clockwise from top left)
• Blanket flower, Gaillardia sp.
• Blazing Star or Gayfeather, Liatris spicata
• Joe-Pye Weed, Eupatorium maculatum
• New England Aster, Aster novae-angliae
• New Jersey Tea, Ceanothus americanus
• Ox-eye Sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides
• Summer Phlox, Phlox paniculata
• Sweet Pepper Bush, Clethra alnifolia
• Tickseed, Coreopsis lanceolata
• Yarrow, Achillea millefoliu
• Zinnias (Annual)
Great Monarch Resources
• The Monarch Gardener – themonarchgardener.com
• Monarch Watch – monarchwatch.org
• Monarch Joint Venture – monarchjointventure.org
• Journey North – learner.org/jnorth/monarchs
• The Xerces Society – xerces.org/monarchs/
• Monarch Butterfly Garden – monarchbutterflygarden.net
• US Fish & Wildlife Service – Save the Monarch – fws.gov/savethemonarch
• Rose Franklin’s Perennials – Monarchs-And-Milkweed.com
Learn more about water smart garden practices at WaterSmartSouthShore.org.