Plant Milkweed for Monarchs

I pledge to plant at least 6 milkweed plants native to Connecticut (or  your region) to provide endangered Monarchs with the sole host plant they need for their survival. The Monarch butterfly will only lay its eggs on milkweed plants, which also provide nectar for other insects, all of which are in rapid decline.

Monarch migration was listed as an endangered phenomenon by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 1983. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting a thorough assessment to determine if the monarch butterfly needs Endangered Species Act protection. Their decision has been extended and is not due until December 2020. Please talk the pledge and take action today to help conservation efforts.

Please also also take our No Bug Zappers pledge.

Milkweed Native to Connecticut and Resources

Common milkweed,which may show up uninvited in your yard, and butterfly weed, which you can buy at native plant nurseries like Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center, are the two varieties most common in residential yards. If you have streams or rivers running through your property you may also have swamp milkweed. Download a reference guide from the Monarch Joint Venture here.

Need help choosing plants,designing and installing a pollinator garden? Back to Nature is a full-service permaculture design firm in Stamford serving Fairfield County.

According to the UCONN Home & Garden Education Center: “in the northeast, there are five different perennial species of milkweed growing wild: Butterfly weed (A. tuberosa), Common Milkweed (A. syriaca), Poke milkweed (A. exaltata), Swamp milkweed (A. incarnata), and Whorled Milkweed (A. verticillata). All are suitable hosts for the monarch and many other caterpillars and insects.” Visit the website to download a pdf with milkweed photos and names for easy reference.

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