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Monarch Butterfly Annual Wildflower Seed Collection

 

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Monarch butterflies not only create a gorgeous spectacle in the garden, but are also an integral part to pollination in our eco-system. This year, plant a variety of easy-to-grow wildflowers that Monarchs love! Our mixture of five varieties, including Zinnia, Cosmos and more, offers a rainbow of blooms, bringing Monarchs to and from your garden all season long! All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.

Zones 1 - 10
Advantages
Hummingbirds & Butterflies
Hummingbirds & Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Size 5 Packets
SKU AAS8NKT
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The Pollinator Partnership's mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.

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The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America. We will move millions of individuals, kids and families outdoors and make a connection between pollinators and the healthy food people eat.

What's in this Mix?

Our Monarch Butterfly Annual Wildflower Seed Collection contains Zinnia elegans (Zinnia), Cosmos sulphuris (Sulphur Cosmos), Lobularia maritime (Sweet Alyssum), Gaillardia puchella (Indian Blanket), and Tagetes erecta (Marigold ‘Cracker Jack’ Mix). This colorful mixture will bloom in the first year and is the perfect choice for gardens, meadows, green spaces and anything in between! Monarchs use these varieties to pollinate and as breeding grounds, and planting this mixture will make their lives a little easier.

Plant Information

SKU AAS8NKT
Common Name Zinnia, Cosmos, Sweet Alyssum, Indian Blanket, Marigold 'Cracker Jack' Mix
Botanical Name Zinnia elegans, Cosmos sulphuris, Lobularia maritime, Gaillardia puchella, Tagetes erecta
Light Requirements Full Sun
Seed Life Cycle Annuals
Ships As Seed
Coverage aprox. 100 square feet
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Moist/Wet
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Average Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Advantages Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Extended Blooms
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

Planting & Care

Monarch Butterfly Guide: Step-by-Step Planting Instructions

  1. Check for your last frost date and plant after this has passed. Choose a spot on your property that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun a day.
  2. Prepare your soil before clearing the area of all existing growth. Simply dig up everything that is growing, turn the soil and rake the area flat. If this is an area that has never before been gardened, you may need to till the area up to remove growth.
  3. Mix the seeds with sand for better visibility and scatter the seeds directly on top of the soil. If you are sowing a larger area, we recommend using a seed spreader; if not, you can sow by hand.
  4. We recommend lightly compressing the seeds into the soil, making sure not to bury them. You can either walk on them, use a board or if you are sowing a larger area, rent a seed roller.
  5. Water so that the soil is moist, not soaking wet, until the seedlings are about 4-6" tall. After that, the seedlings will survive on natural rains. If you are experiencing very dry weather, we recommend watering occasionally.

It may take several weeks for the seeds to grow. Be patient. If you have any questions about germination time or planting, please don't hesitate to call us at (877) 309-7333.

Fun Facts About Monarch Butterflies

  • Monarchs feed primarily on wildflowers, including Butterfly Milkweed, Common Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, Joe Pye Weed, Stiff Goldenrod, Zinnia, Sulphur Cosmos, Sweet Alyssum, Indian Blanket, and Marigolds.
  • The black and orange coloring of their wings sends a warning to predators that the Monarch is foul-tasting and poisonous.
  • Millions of Monarchs migrate to Mexico for the winter!
  • Monarchs use updrafts of warm air to help them glide as they migrate, conserving energy on their long trips to over-wintering sites in Mexico.
  • Monarchs smell with their antennae! They use their eyes to locate flowers and then use their antennae to smell the nectar and taste the flower with the bottoms of their feet. They have special receptors on the ends of their feet, called tarsi, that taste sweet liquids.
  • The Monarch larva, or caterpillar, sheds its skin five times before entering the pupal stage. Each stage is called an "instar."
  • Male monarch butterflies have a black spot on a vein on each hind wing. Females have no spots on this vein.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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