Monarch Butterflies need our help! Plant the Eastern Monarch Refuge Plant Collection in your garden to support endangered Monarch butterflies. As development across the country has reduced their natural habitat, gardeners can play an important role in helping their population rebound. How? By planting Milkweed (Asclepias), their host plant, which is essential for their survival. Milkweed leaves provide the food that Monarch caterpillars need to grow. Planting nectar plants that bloom all season helps to feed adult Monarch butterflies, fueling their long migrations each spring and fall. Milkweed, Joe Pye, Aster, and Bee Balm all have extended bloom times, to offer reliable nectar sources. Good for average and loamy soil, most plants in this collection are suitable for moist soil as well. This garden is best for states east of the Rocky Mountains. (For more information about Monarch Butterflies, learn more in our article: Monarchs & Milkweed)
The Eastern Monarch Refuge Plant Collection includes 6 plants, covering 40 square feet when planted together:
|Item Package Size|
Collection of 6
Monarch Refuge Plant Collection for the East
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Flowers in this collection range from 1-14".
Plants in this collection range from 16-96" tall (16 inches-8 feet).
|Estimated Mature Spread|
Plants in this collection range from 12-72" wide (1-6 feet).
Early summer to fall
Crowns of plants should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Average, Well Draining
Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals|
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Aster may cause skin irritation.
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|