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Monarch butterfly populations are threatened primarily due to reduction in milkweed and nectar producing flowering plants along their migratory routes. Removal of the milkweed plant by farmers and homeowners by using herbicides has resulted in a dramatic reduction in populations of the monarch.
What can you do to help? Plant a mix of seeds to help the monarchs. The mix contains not only milkweed seeds but also seeds that will produce flowers for the adult butterflies to feed. We offer different mixes of seeds depending on your region. Choose from Intermountain, Southeast, California, Midwest-Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Monarch Butterfly Mix. 1/8 lb bag covers 500 sq ft.
Southwest Monarch Butterfly Mix contains:
- Mexican sunflower 'Torch' (Tithonia rotundifolia)
- Light yellow with blue lupine (Lupinus microcarpus densiflorus)
- Zinnia Pumila/Pompn Mix (Zinnia elegans)
- Dwarf Sunspot sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
- Showy Milkweed (Asclepias sepciosa)
- Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
- Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata)
- Praire aster (rubbed) (Aster tanacetifolius)
- California blue bell (Phacelia campanularia)
- White yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Photo by Rob Routledge, Sault College, Bugwood.org
Lifecycle of the Monarch – Female monarch butterflies lay three to four hundred of their eggs on the leaves of the milkweed plants. The female will spread her eggs over many milkweed plants. The subsequent larvae will feed on the milkweed leaves during their larval stage and increase their body mass more than two thousand times. The caterpillar will then form a cocoon or chrysalis. The metamorphosis occurs inside the cocoon and after about 9-15 days, the butterfly will emerge.
- Attracts Bees/Butterflies
- Good for Naturalizing
Shipping Weight: 0.15 lb
Dimensions: 6.0"L x 4.0"W x 0.25"H
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply brand vegetable seeds are guaranteed to germinate. Once the seeds have sprouted, please understand that Peaceful Valley cannot be held responsible for the many uncontrollable growing and climatic conditions that must be met to ensure the success of your crop(s).