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Saturday, 13 May 2017 - 8a to 2p

Ready to start a butterfly garden or improve the one you have? If so, come visit us at Monarch Watch for our annual Spring Open House & Plant Fundraiser.

We will have more than 10,000 butterfly plants (both annuals and perennials), including seedlings of twelve milkweed varieties. These plants are ideal for starting butterfly gardens or adding to established gardens. Monarch numbers have been declining and we need to plant milkweeds to sustain the monarch migration. A list of available plants appears below.

At the Open House you can learn about creating Monarch Waystations and see the magnificent butterfly and pollinator garden maintained by the Douglas County Master Gardeners. There will be games for the kids inside and out and they can make "seed balls" containing seeds of milkweeds and other butterfly plants that can be used to create habits for monarchs and other butterflies. They can also see lots of different insects and spiders, watch videos, or complete a variety of activities. All are welcome to tour our garden and lab space. We will have live demonstrations, and, of course, monarch butterflies! Refreshments will be provided.

We'd love to see you on Saturday so mark your calendars! If you can't make it in person, be sure to check us out online - we plan to post photos and broadcast some LIVE video throughout the day.

DONATE NOW! (pretty please)

If you enjoy the various educational, conservation, and research programs Monarch Watch offers throughout the year, please consider making a donation today - it's quick, easy, secure, and fully tax-deductible. You can even set up a recurring gift (monthly or annually) if you'd like. We rely on contributions from Monarch Watchers just like you to keep the program going - thank you for your continued support!


If you would rather mail in a donation or have questions, please visit Giving in Support of Monarch Watch.


We'll continue to experiment with broadcasting live video - see what's going on here:

Monarch Watch LIVE OFFLINE

*Note: to view our live video broadcasts, you must have the Adobe Flash Player (a free player that you may already have) installed on your computer. If you do not have it, you should be prompted to install it - or you can just get it yourself here:


We are sharing photos and comments throughout the day via our Facebook page - you do not need a Facebook account to view the page, only if you you want to share your own photos or comments. Enjoy!

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Monarch Watch is located at 2021 Constant Avenue on the West Campus of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66047

KU West Campus Parking Map showing Monarch Watch (Foley Hall)

via I-70 Turnpike:

Take West Lawrence exit and continue South on IOWA street. At the 19th Street stoplight turn right (west). At "T" turn left (south). Foley Hall is a one-story building on your right. Look for our Open House signs and/or parking attendants if you need directions. Park in designated parking areas.

via westbound K-10: Take the Iowa Street/59 HWY exit north into Lawrence and continue north to 19th Street. At the 19th Street stoplight turn left (west). At "T" turn left (south). Foley Hall is a one-story building on your right. Look for our Open House signs and/or parking attendants if you need directions. Park in designated parking areas.

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2016 PLANT LIST - 2017 list coming soon!

All of the plants listed below would be excellent choices to use in creating your very own Monarch Waystation butterfly garden/habitat. The milkweeds are of course the host plant for monarch butterfly caterpillars and all of the plants are nectar sources for monarch butterflies and other wildlife.

Once you have created your Monarch Waystation, be sure to have it certified by Monarch Watch so that your habitat will be included in our Monarch Waystation Registry - an online listing of habitats all over the globe!

Plant list and availability - updated 13 May 2016; Good=20 or more plants, Limited=less than 20 plants, n/a=not available.

Photo Common Name Botanical Name Annual/Perennial Availability
Tropical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica Annual n/a
Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata Perennial Limited
White Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' Perennial n/a
Balloonplant Milkweed Asclepias physocarpa Annual Limited
Purple Milkweed Asclepias purpurascens Perennial n/a
Showy Milkweed Asclepias speciosa Perennial Good
Sullivant's Milkweed Asclepias sullivantii Perennial n/a
Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Perennial Limited
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa Perennial n/a
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' Perennial Limited
Whorled Milkweed Asclepias verticillata Perennial Good
Green Milkweed Asclepias viridiflora Perennial Limited
Spider Milkweed Asclepias viridis Perennial Limited
Anise Hyssop Agastache x hybrida 'Blue Fortune' Perennial Limited
Lead Plant Amorpha canescens Perennial Limited
Shining Blue Star Amsonia illustris Perennial Limited
Dill Anethum graveolens Perennial n/a
Field Pussytoes Antennaria neglecta Perennial n/a
Dutchman's Pipevine Aristolochia tomentosa Perennial n/a
Smooth Aster Aster laevis 'Bluebird' Perennial Limited
New England Aster Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome' Perennial Limited
Aromatic Aster Aster oblongifolius Perennial Good
Tatarian Aster Aster tarticus 'Jindai' Perennial Good
False Blue Indigo Baptisia australis Perennial Limited
Cream Wild Indigo Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea Perennial Good
Butterfly Bush Buddleia x weyeriana 'Honeycomb' Perennial n/a
White Cloud Calamint Calamintha nepatoides ssp. glandulosa 'White Cloud' Perennial n/a
Purple Poppy Mallow Callirhoe involucrata Annual/Perennial n/a
Blue Mist Spirea Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight' Perennial Good
Rose Turtlehead Chelone obliqua Perennial Good
Partridge pea Chamaecrista fasciculata Annual Good
Pink Mum Chrysanthemum Perennial Good
Prairie Coreopsis Coreopsis palmata Perennial n/a
Large Cigar Flower Cuphea micropetala Annual n/a
Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida Perennial Limited
Yellow Coneflower Echinacea paradoxa Perennial n/a
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Perennial Limited
Blue Mistflower Eupatorium coelestinum Perennial Good
Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium purpureum Perennial n/a
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Perennial Good
Rose Verbena Glandularia canadensis Perennial Limited
Heliotrope 'Fragrant Delight' Heliotropium arborescens Annual n/a
Moon Flower Ipomoea alba Annual n/a
Lantana Lantana camara 'Athens Rose' Annual Limited
Lantana Lantana camara 'Carlos' Annual Good
Lantana Lantana camara 'Dallas Red' Annual n/a
Lantana Lantana camara 'Spreading Sunset' Annual n/a
Rough Blazing Star Liatris aspera Perennial Limited
Prairie Blazing Star Liatris pycnostachya Perennial Limited
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Perennial n/a
Great Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica Perennial Good
Bee Balm Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline' Perennial Limited
Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa Perennial Limited
Missouri Evening Primrose Oenothera macrocarpa Perennial Limited
Rigid Goldenrod Oligoneuron rigidium Perennial Limited
Large-flowered Beardtongue Penstemon cobaea Perennial Limited
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Pink Profusion' Annual Limited
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Ruby Glow' Annual n/a
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Starburst' Annual Good
Parsley Petroselinum crispum Biennial n/a
Woodland Phlox Phlox divaricata Perennial n/a
Garden Phlox Phlox paniculata Perennial n/a
Prairie Phlox Phlox pilosa Perennial Good
Hop Tree Ptelea trifoliata Perennial n/a
Sweet Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia subtomentosa Perennial Limited
Common Rue Ruta graveolens Perennial Good
Blue Sage Salvia azurea Perennial Limited
Garden Sage Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Deep Rose' Perennial n/a
Showy Goldenrod Solidago speciosa Perennial Limited
Peach Porter Weed Stachytarpheta mutabilis Annual n/a
Blue Porter Weed Stachytarpheta urticifolia Annual Limited
Mexican Sunflower Tithonia rotundifolia Annual n/a
Long-Bracted Spiderwort Tradescantia bracteata Perennial Limited
Tall Verbena Verbena bonariensis Annual Good
Blue Vervain Verbena hastata Perennial n/a
Ironweed Vernonia fasciculata Perennial Good
Golden Alexander Zizia aurea Perennial n/a

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