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Like most perennial plants, milkweeds (Asclepius incarnata) like being planted in the fall.  The cooler and damper days make it easier for them to acclimate and if you plant soon they can establish well before the winter comes.

Milkweeds are an essential part of the diet for Monarch butterflies – the caterpillars MUST eat it in order to survive.  The plant is attractive with beautiful pink and white flowers that will attract butterflies and other pollinators to your home!

Monarch butterfly populations are down by 90 percent due to habitat loss and the use of pesticides and herbicides!  You can help restore the Monarchs by planting milkweeds in your pesticide and herbicide-free yard.

You can purchase milkweed through here at cost for $2.00 per plug or make a donation and purchase a plug for $5.00.  The plugs grow quickly and are very low maintenance.


This is Sustainable Wellesley’s fifth year offering milkweed plants. Please help us help the Monarchs by purchasing and planting milkweeds!

Order your variety of organic milkweeds today here.
The Incarnata are very healthy and sturdy and should do really well. These will go fast, so order soon.

Plants should be arriving in late May from growers associated with Monarch Watch.

Please click here to purchase your plants. We will notify you when they arrive.

Please note: you must pick up your plants. Don’t worry, they will be conveniently located at a home in Wellesley.


Milkweed For Monarchs

Sustainable Wellesley is helping residents do their part to support the Monarch butterfly – by sourcing milkweed for you to put in your yard.  Monarch populations are crashing and one reason is the lack of milkweed that Monarch caterpillars *must* eat to survive.  And milkweed is a beautiful pink and white plant that attracts even more beautiful butterflies to your home!

milkweed and plantAmazingly enough,

Monarchs can produce four generations during one summer. After overwintering in the oyamel forests of central Mexico the first three generations have life spans of two to six weeks and keep moving north. During this time they will mate and have the next generation that will continue the northward migration. The fourth generation is different and can live up to nine months, and this is the one that needs to find milkweed in your yard. These are also the butterflies that will migrate south for winter to either Mexico or southern California.

CaptureMonarch numbers have plummeted…

…by 90 percent in recent years from both the loss of its overwintering grounds, and from the widespread elimination of milkweed in the United States by the use of herbicides like Roundup.  This is where you come in: by planting milkweed in your (herbicide-free, pesticide-free) yard you provide the vital link in the Monarch lifecycle.  Each year Sustainable Wellesley sources the correct species of milkweed for eastern Massachusetts (Asclepias incarnata) and makes it available to beautiful butterfly breeders like you.

Please send any questions to info@sustainablewellesley.com, and do join the discussion in the comments section below.  Let us know how your plants are doing and if you’ve seen any butterflies

Phyllis Theermann

Monarch Butterflies–Beauty on the Wing
How can Wellesley help Monarchs throughout Their Life Cycle?

WHAT: Wellesley Conservation Council Spring Lecture
WHO: Kim Smith, Naturalist and Award-winning Photographer
WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 7:00pm
WHERE: Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

The Monarch’s life story is one of nature’s most incredible examples of adaptation and survival. But the Monarch migration is in great peril. Learn how you can help. Through photographs and discussion, Beauty on the Wing tells the life story of the Monarch Butterfly, the state of the butterflies’ migration and why they are in sharp decline, and the positive steps we can take as individuals and collectively to help the Monarchs recover from devastating effects of habitat loss, climate change, and pesticides.

Kim Smith is an award winning nature author, documentary filmmaker, native plant landscape designer, and naturalist. She specializes in creating pollinator habitat gardens utilizing primarily North American native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and vines.

The Wellesley Conservation Council Annual Meeting for the election of officers and board members will precede the program at 6:30pm. This event is free and co-sponsored by Wellesley Free Library. For more information go to www.wellesleyconservationcouncil.org.

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