Monarch Waystations: Create, Conserve, & Protect Monarch Habitats

Monarch Waystation #7

Minneapolis, MN 55419 U.S.A.

Registrant: Jim Gagnon
Certified: 7/12/2005
Updated: 7/12/2005
Type: Urban
Location:
Size: Small (less than 200 sq ft)

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Comments: The site was started by planting swamp milkweed. Although we often saw a few species of monarchs there were few in the fall. Then a few years later I planted liatris which immediately that fall attracted monarchs. Our recod number of migrating monarchs was about 750 in one season, we also have vists from swallowtails, painted ladies, hummingbird clear wings, mourning cloaks etc. Many of the fall monarchs have been recovered in Mexico.

PLANTING DETAIL

Milkweeds (Monarch Host Plants):
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Additional Annual/Biennial Plants:
Zinnia (Zinnia spp.), Other Annuals or Biennials

Additional Perennial Plants:
Blazingstar/Gayfeather (Liatris spp.), Ironweed (Vernonia spp.), Other Perennials

Plant Density (Shelter):
2-5 milkweed and nectar plants per square yard

Sustainable Management:
Manage the density of the plot by thinning; Remove dead stalks before the next growing season by hand; Water the plot as needed to maintain growth; Eliminate the use of insecticides; Remove invasive species from the site; Add other features