“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Citizens in the Midwest and beyond are concerned about the dramatic drop in pollinator populations. Caterpillars need native plants for food (host plants). Adult pollinators, including butterflies, moths, bees and other beneficial insects need nectar sources throughout their lives. Here is how you can attract and sustain pollinators on your farm, at your home and in your city.
Our Monarch and Milkweed page provides links, fact sheets, and other resources to help you help monarch butterflies.
Looking for a native plant retailer near you? Check out our map of GN! Member retailers.
Grow Native!’s Monarch Cafe and Pollinator Buffet are series of speciality plant tags that you can find at our Grow Native! member retailers. The tags highlight the ecological services of natives, and these pages link to photos and details about each plant.
Grow Native! and Greenscape Gardens team up to bring you a goofy guide through the basics of butterfly gardening! Learn about host plants, nectar and pollen sources, and how to have bug friends all season long. Watch the video here.
These Missouri Prairie Journal articles get in-depth on how native plants sustain vibrant habitats for native bees, butterflies, moths and other insects: