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     Monarch Butterflies migrate thousands of miles each fall -- from areas in the United States and Canada to central Mexico -- and then back again in the spring. 


     Along the way, they stop for nourishment and shelter, and to lay their eggs.  


     Monarchs need new breeding grounds to replace the millions of acres lost to development and herbicide applications.  They also need sun; your garden should be planted in an area that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.


      To encourage Monarch waystations, Monarch Watch is offering Official Monarch Habitat Certification to homeowners who meet the guidelines required to sustain the Monarchs.


     These include a garden of at least 100 square feet in a mostly sunny spot. The garden should have at least 10 milkweed plants -- the flowers Monarch butterflies use, exclusively, to lay their eggs.


     Milkweeds that grow naturally here include swamp milkweed, butterfly milkweed and common milkweed.


     The plants should be spaced 12 to 18 inches apart to give the Monarchs cover but not crowd them.


     In addition, Monarchs need perennials that provide nectar, such as Joe Pye Weed, Wild Bergamot or asters.  You'll need at least 10 of these as well.


     Once you’ve built your Monarch Waystation, be sure to go to and have it registered!

To Create a Monarch Waystation

  • Our Monarch Waystation kit includes a total of 50 plants, all 4-inch plugs, perfect for a garden of approxiately 100 square feet. 

    These plants  all have high or very high pollinator values, and they work well together.  Choose a mostly sunny spot with average soil.

    The Monarch caterpillars will feast on the leaves of the milkweed plants, and the butterflies will have plenty of nectar sources to choose from.  

    Best to plant the milkweeds around the perimeter! Monarchs are prey animals and appreciate visibility.

    Bloom times are indicated in parentheses

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