Monarch and Milkweed Resources
The Perennial Plant Association names Butterfly Milkweed as the Perennial Plant of 2017! Read all about this plant on our Fact Sheet.
Citizens in Missouri and far beyond are concerned about the dramatic drop in monarch butterfly populations, which is due in large part to the decline of the monarch butterfly caterpillar host plants, milkweed species (Asclepias) across its North American migratory route. Plants that provide nectar sources for adult butterflies—as well as many, many other beneficial insects including numerous pollinators—are also of critical importance.
Below is information and links to resources that can help you help monarchs!
Conserving original habitat for monarch butterflies, including prairies, as well as establishing milkweed and nectar plant in developed landscapes—farmland, other rural areas, and in yards, school grounds, parks, and corporate campuses—is of critical importance.
Help the Missouri Prairie Foundation conserve the prairies it owns.
MPF owns 20 tracts of prairie totalling more than 3,200 acres prairie, which provide habitat for at least 11 species of milkweed and dozens of nectar plants. You can help MPF protect this monarch habitat by participating in the 2016 Susan Lordi Marker Monarch Challenge
Plant milkweeds and nectar plants and seeds. The following plants are linked to descriptive pages about each species from the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s Grow Native! Native Plant Database.
The following milkweed species native to Missouri are particularly important for monarchs: marsh/swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), and butterfly milkweed (Asclepius tuberosa).
You can purchase seeds and plants of these species from Grow Native! Professional Members who are retail garden centers, nurseries, or see producers. Find seed plant vendors at http://grownative.org/resource-guide/
and note which businesses sell retail, wholesale, and/or mail order.
If you are a retail garden center and want to buy native milkweed plants from wholesalers
, contact a Grow Native! wholesaler and ask to buy milkweed plants with Monarch Café plant tags
, a marketing tool created by Grow Native! Monarch Café tags are available for purchase by Grow Native! supporting members and sponsors. These tags are available for Asclepias tuberosa, A. incarnata, A. syriaca, A. verticillata, A. sullivantii, A. viridis
, and A. viridiflora.
If you want to collect and sow milkweed seeds: