Monarch Watch Spring Open House
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Saturday, 11 May 2019 - 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 eleven 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
(currently offline)


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 on the West Campus of the University of Kansas at 2021 Constant Avenue, Lawrence, Kansas 66047

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.

2018 PLANT LIST (2019 when available)

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 15 MAY 2018; 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 Good
Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata Perennial Good
White Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' Perennial Good
Balloonplant Milkweed Asclepias physocarpa Annual Good
Showy Milkweed Asclepias speciosa Perennial Good
Sullivant's Milkweed Asclepias sullivantii Perennial Good
Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Perennial n/a
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa Perennial n/a
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' Perennial n/a
Whorled Milkweed Asclepias verticillata Perennial n/a
Spider Milkweed Asclepias viridis Perennial Limited
Anise Hyssop Agastache x hybrida 'Blue Fortune' Perennial Good
Shining Blue Star Amsonia illustris Perennial Good
Dill Anethum graveolens Perennial Good
Dutchman's Pipevine Aristolochia tomentosa Perennial Good
Tatarian Aster Aster tataricus 'Jindai' Perennial Good
False Blue Indigo Baptisia australis Perennial Limited
Cream Wild Indigo Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea Perennial Limited
Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii 'White Profuson' Perennial n/a
Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii 'Royal Red' Perennial n/a
White Cloud Calamint Calamintha nepatoides ssp. glandulosa 'White Cloud' Perennial Limited
Purple Poppy Mallow Callirhoe involucrata Annual/Perennial Limited
Blue Mist Spirea Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight' Perennial Limited
Rose Turtlehead Chelone obliqua Perennial Limited
Prairie Coreopsis Coreopsis palmata Perennial Good
Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida Perennial n/a
Yellow Coneflower Echinacea paradoxa Perennial n/a
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Perennial n/a
Joe Pye Weed Eutrochium purpureum Perennial Good
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Perennial Good
Rose Verbena Glandularia canadensis Perennial Limited
Willow-leaved Sunflower Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light' Perennial n/a
Lantana Lantana camara 'Athens Rose' Annual n/a
Lantana Lantana camara 'Carlos' Annual Limited
Lantana Lantana camara 'Dallas Red' Annual Good
Lantana Lantana camara 'Spreading Sunset' Annual n/a
Prairie Blazing Star Liatris pycnostachya Perennial Limited
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Perennial Good
Great (Blue) Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica Perennial Limited
Bee Balm Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline' Perennial n/a
Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa Perennial n/a
Missouri Evening Primrose Oenothera macrocarpa Perennial n/a
Rigid Goldenrod Oligoneuron rigidium Perennial n/a
Passion Flower Passiflora incarnata Perennial n/a
Large-flowered Beardtongue Penstemon cobaea Perennial n/a
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Pink Profusion' Annual n/a
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Ruby Glow' Annual Limited
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Starburst' Annual n/a
Woodland Phlox Phlox divaricata Perennial Good
Garden Phlox Phlox paniculata Perennial Limited
Sweet Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia subtomentosa Perennial n/a
Wild Petunia Ruellia humilis Perennial n/a
Common Rue Ruta graveolens Perennial Good
Blue Sage Salvia azurea Perennial n/a
Red Autumn Sage Salvia greggii Annual Good
Garden Sage Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Deep Rose' Perennial n/a
New England Aster Symphotrichum novae-angliae Perennial Limited
Aromatic Aster Symphotrichum oblongifolium Perennial n/a
Mexican Sunflower Tithonia rotundifolia Annual Limited
Tall Verbena Verbena bonariensis Annual Limited
Golden Alexander Zizia aurea Perennial Limited

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