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Wild for Monarchs

We're Wild for Monarchs

HGCNY has long promoted the creation of Monarch Waystations, a Monarch Watch project. Providing milkweed—the essential host plant for monarch caterpillars— and nectar plants, as well as limiting the use of pesticides (or preferably not using them at all) has always been one of our goals.

In 2012, though, we supported the partnership between Wild Ones and the Monarch Joint Venture. We're excited to be part of this national effort involving many organizations!

One of the primary tasks is to collect milkweed seed to supply large-scale milkweed restoration projects with milkweed species appropriate to each region. Here in Central New York (and the Northeast region in general), we're focusing on common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), red milkweed (A. incarnata), and butterflyweed (A. tuberosa) (not to be confused with butterfly bush).

Red milkweed is often referred to as "swamp milkweed," but we support efforts to use this alternative common name since this beautiful, garden-worthy plant grows quite well in ordinary garden soil—no swamp needed!

We'll officially launch this program in January 2013, and we'll have a host of projects and materials ready for the coming monarch season. Meanwhile, in Fall 2012, we're collecting milkweed seeds.