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:
Butterfly Weed- 1 plant
Common Milkweed- 1 plant
'Soulmate' Swamp Milkweed- 1 plant
Joe Pye Weed- 1 plant
'Purple Dome' New England Aster- 1 plant
Wild Bergamot (Bee Balm)- 1 plant
*Not all plants will be in bloom at the same time, as depicted on the illustration. Plants are subject to change due to availability. If we make substitutions, we feature plants with similar attributes suitable to the collection design.
|Item Package Size|
Collection of 6
Monarch Refuge Plant Collection for the East
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Pink, Orange, Purple, Mixed
Plants in this collection range from 16-96" tall
|Estimated Mature Spread|
Plants in this collection range from 1-6' wide
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
Spring / Summer, Fall
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals|
Some plants in this collection are poisonous if ingested.
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|