You Can Help Monarchs by Growing Milkweed. It’s Easy and Fun

Monarch butterflies, like many species, lay their eggs only on specific plants. In Michigan, butterfly milkweed (Aslepias tuberosa), swamp milkweed (A. incarnata) and common milkweed (A. syricia) are easy to grow and widely available.

When you see a leaf with a tattered edge or a dime-sized cavity, look closer ? there may be a brightly-striped caterpillar nearby. Eventually it will form a chrysalis and emerge as an adult butterfly!

Adult monarchs will drink nectar from many kinds of wildflowers, but the young can only survive on milkweeds. Find a spot in your garden and plant milkweed to help the Monarchs.

– Mark Charles