Milkweed for Monarchs

post by: Debbie Fields April 2, 2019

In the summer of 2015 with the help of Central Oregon Monarch Watch, a group of wonderful volunteers cleared a weedy patch of ground next to our parking area and planted a Milkweed patch. That first year they grew to be about a foot tall, the second year to 3 feet tall and last summer they were 4 feet tall with a large set of seed pods. We saved that seed and have now done germination tests with over 80% successful germ. If you are interested in starting your own Monarch way station we have seed for sale now, $1 for 50 seeds or we will have plants available in June.  

Watching the butterflies come, for us was in June and July, is one of the pleasures of life. Increasing milkweed habitat can help increase the number of Monarchs.