Welcome to Monarch Watch's Milkweed Market!
SAVE THE MONARCH MIGRATION - ONE BUTTERFLY AT A TIME: PLANT MILKWEED
Monarch butterfly numbers are at an all time low and many pollinators
are declining as well. The widespread planting of herbicide tolerant
corn and soybean lines, intensive farming, and the ethanol mandate have
led to a rapid loss of habitats for monarchs, and many species of bees
and other pollinators. This loss of habitat threatens the monarch
migration and all the species dependent on the services of pollinators
to provide the fruits, nuts, seeds and foliage they feed on. Monarchs
and pollinators need our help. By planting milkweeds, the host plants
for monarch caterpillars, and nectar plants for adult monarchs and
pollinators you can help maintain the monarch migration and sustain the
pollinators whose pollinating services maintain our ecosystems.
Last year we commissioned the production of 25,000 milkweed plugs of some 15 species. It was a gamble (see monarchwatch.org/blog/2013/06/the-milkweed-gamble)
but this program was wildly successful and we distributed 21 thousand
of the plugs in late spring and later in the fall. We have a bigger
target this season. We are presently overwintering 29 thousand milkweed
plugs. These will be grown out for distribution early in the spring. We
have started the production of another 30 thousand plugs for
distribution in May and early June. Those not sold in the spring will be
available for planting in September and October. Below you will find a
list of states with the milkweed species available for each state. The
numbers of plugs are robust for some species and low for others. So, if
you are interested in some of the less common species, please plan on
The milkweed plugs come in flats of 32 and are generally 3-5 inches
high at the time of delivery. The flats cost $66 each with shipping via UPS Ground Service
included. The minimum order is one flat and an
invoice will be mailed to you before the plants have shipped. Three
flats can be shipped in one box. Please contact us about price breaks if
you are ordering more than 6 flats.
If you would like to place a milkweed order, please email with your contact information (name, address, email, and phone number) and the number of flats you would like of each species.
Our mission is milkweed restoration and to that end we only ship
plants to ecological regions from which the seeds were obtained. This
project has been supported by a large number of volunteers who have
supplied seeds of many milkweed species from most areas of the country.
There are some gaps, the biggest being the Southeast where it has been
difficult to obtain seeds. If we don't have milkweeds available for your
area, please take advantage of the new vendor listing here in the
Monarch Watch Milkweed Market (download vendor PDF file). More than 200 vendors that sell native milkweeds in various
regions of the country are currently listed.
If you can't find milkweed for your area, but are interested in acquiring milkweed plants in the future, please email us at .
This will help us to plan for our milkweed plug production goals next
year. Since we are dedicated to returning milkweeds to areas from which
the seed originated, we may ask you to help acquire seeds of milkweed
for your area.
We are working with Applied Ecological Services, a restoration
company that specializes in the production of native plants. They have
produced excellent milkweed plugs for us for several years. The flats
are shipped from their greenhouse in Baldwin, KS. Orders from California
will be shipped from a nursery in that state. All communications involving orders and shipping should be directed to us here at Monarch Watch at .
In order to keep many species in the Milkweed Market available, we
rely on local seed collections from across the country. We have created a
Milkweed Regions & Seed Needs section of our Bring Back the Monarchs
program. We really need your help to keep this program going! We
welcome any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the new
Monarch Watch Milkweed Market. Please feel free to contact us anytime. Thank you for your interest and support!
Milkweed species available (only distributing to California at this time):
||M261, 261, M262, 262, 263
R. G. Bailey, Ecoregions of the United States, USDA Forest Service, revised 1994.
Species list with common names:
Asclepias amplexicaulis (Clasping milkweed)
Asclepias asperula (Antelope Horn Milkweed, Spider Milkweed)
Asclepias exaltata (Poke Milkweed)
Asclepias fasicularis (Mexican Whorled Milkweed, Narrowleaf Milkweed)
Asclepias hirtella (Green Milkweed)
Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed)
Asclepias oenotheroides (Sidecluster Milkweed, Zizotes Milkweed)
Asclepias perennis (Aquatic milkweed)
Asclepias speciosa (Showy milkweed)
Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed)
Asclepias sullivantii (Sullivant's Milkweed, Prairie Milkweed)
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed)
Asclepias variegata (White milkweed)
Asclepias verticillata (Whorled milkweed)
Asclepias viridiflora (Green Comet Milkweed)
Asclepias viridis (Green Antelopehorn Milkweed)
Images of most of these species can be found at monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/milkweed/milkweed-profiles