Friends, our beautiful monarch butterflies need help! This spring we should all be planting milkweed and other early spring blooming plants. In our new garden we plan to have a native plant section. Let’s all work together to give monarchs the food they need to survive and flourish!
Our valley used to be filled with native milkweed plants which would feed and give monarch butterflies the exact food they need for their young to grow. Without milkweed, monarchs don’t lay their eggs as that is the specific plant the young need when they hatch. “The group recommends that Californians begin growing milkweed and other native plants that produce nectar, especially flowers that bloom in early spring. People should stop using pesticides, especially neonicotinoids, and herbicides, Xerces officials said.” SF Chronicle
When you shop for spring flowers or vegetable plants, ask your local nursery or hardware store if the plants you are buying contain neonicotinoids, which are deadly to bees, butterflies, and other insects. Read the labels!
Shop on Amazon for Asclepias incarnata to sow this spring. Narrow milkweed which is appropriate for our Central Valley.
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