Monarch Waystations: Create, Conserve, & Protect Monarch Habitats

Monarch Waystation #3

Overland Park, KS 66221 U.S.A.

Registrant: Dale & Jackie Goetz
Certified: 6/27/2005
Updated: 6/27/2005
Type: Suburban
Location:
Size: Colossal (more than 5,000 sq ft)

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Comments: We have an acre lot on which we have several beds and borders dedicated to butterfly conservation. In the fall of 2001 we solarized an area in our front yard for a prairie planting. Seeded local species Jan 2002 and how have an abundance of common milkweed along with other native species.

PLANTING DETAIL

Milkweeds (Monarch Host Plants):
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)

Additional Annual/Biennial Plants:
Lantana (Lantana spp.), Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia), Verbena/Vervain (Verbena spp.), Zinnia (Zinnia spp.), Other Annuals or Biennials

Additional Perennial Plants:
Blazingstar/Gayfeather (Liatris spp.), Butterfly Bush (Buddleia spp.), Caryopteris (Caryopteris spp.), Goldenrod (Solidago spp.), Ironweed (Vernonia spp.), Other Perennials

Plant Density (Shelter):
6-10 milkweed and nectar plants per square yard

Sustainable Management:
Mulch around the base of plants to reduce the growth of weeds and retain water; Manage the density of the plot by thinning; Use natural compost for fertilization; Amend the soil to achieve a chemical balance before planting; Remove dead stalks before the next growing season by mowing; Remove dead stalks before the next growing season by hand; Water the plot as needed to maintain growth; Eliminate the use of insecticides; Remove invasive species from the site; Add other features