How do I choose which species to plant for monarchs and where can I find local sources?
Native milkweeds and nectar plants are essential for monarchs. Monarchs need milkweed for egg laying and larval development and need nectar resources to support adult butterflies during breeding and migration. Both should be included in any monarch habitat. We recommend planting native, locally sourced species that are well-adapted for your region and more likely to thrive in your area's conditions. You can find information about how to choose which milkweed and nectar resources are right for you from our www.plantmilkweed.org website. This website also provides guidance on locating appropriate seed and plant materials near you, and considerations for different types of restoration or enhancement projects, like gardens or larger natural areas.