Sources for Monarch Butterfly Waystation Plants

It's fun and easy to bring unique Monarch butterflies to your back yard. By making room for a few butterfly-attracting plants in your landscape, you can create a "monarch waystation," or refuge, for this threatened population. Plus, you'll be graced by the beautiful winged creatures year after year as they carry out their 1,500 mile migration. For information about Monarch Waystations, see "Relief for Weary Monarch Butterflies."


Listed in alphabetical order by state, the mail-order nurseries below offer at least two species of milkweed (Asclepias), the only plants that will support larval monarchs, as well as a range of herbs and perennials that provide nectar for monarchs and other butterflies. Most milkweeds are safe to plant in a garden, but be aware that common milkweed (A. syriacus) can be invasive by shedding excessive seeds and by producing root buds on its persistent rhizomes. Also keep in mind that some milkweeds native to California are not acceptable to the monarchs that overwinter in Mexico and breed and feed east of the Rocky Mountains. In addition, several western states restrict the shipping of plants from the east, so either look for plants at local native plant nurseries, or order them from a mail-order nursery in your state. Similar restrictions affect plants shipped between the United States and Canada. Two Canadian nurseries are listed at the end.

Also check out the article, How to Help Save the Monarch Butterfly, for more information.


Pine Ridge Gardens, London, AR; (479) 293-4359