Make a Home for Monarch Butterflies
I love Monarch Butterflies. Much to my delight, I have seen more this summer than I have in a long time. They are beautiful and travel thousands and thousands of miles every year to winter and return northern locations for the spring. They are butterflies with a mission.
So if you would like to provide a happy place for Monarch Butterflies spend a few day and enjoy themselves. What can you do? What can you plant?
Milkweed and native flowers.
Milkweed: Common milkweed, Swamp (or rose) milkweed, Butterfly milkweed. These are food for the caterpillars.
Flowers: Native flowers are food for adult monarch. While monarch caterpillars need milkweed, the adult butterflies need nectar from flowers. Black-eyed Susans, New England asters, native bee balm, foxglove, beardtongue, blazing star, coneflowers (Echinacea species, not hybrids), goldenrod, nodding onion, ironweed and golden Alexander.
Maybe a little water source...and happy butterflies!