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 more than a dozen 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.


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 22 March 2019; 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
Tall Green Milkweed Asclepias hirtella Perennial Good
Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata Perennial Good
White Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' Perennial Good
White Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata 'Milkmaid' Perennial Good
Aquatic Milkweed Asclepias perennis Perennial Good
Balloonplant Milkweed Asclepias physocarpa Annual Good
Purple Milkweed Asclepias purpurascens Perennial Good
Showy Milkweed Asclepias speciosa Perennial Good
Sullivant's Milkweed Asclepias sullivantii Perennial Good
Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Perennial Good
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa Perennial Good
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' Perennial Good
Whorled Milkweed Asclepias verticillata Perennial Good
Green Comet Milkweed Asclepias viridiflora Perennial Good
Spider Milkweed Asclepias viridis Perennial Good
Anise Hyssop Agastache x hybrida 'Purple Haze' Perennial Good
Lead Plant Amorpha canescens Perennial Good
Shining Blue Star Amsonia illustris Perennial Good
Dill Anethum graveolens Perennial Good
Pussy Toes Antennaria neglecta Perennial Good
Dutchman's Pipevine Aristolochia tomentosa Perennial Good
Wild Ginger Asarum canadense Perennial Good
Tatarian Aster Aster tataricus 'Jindai' Perennial Good
False Blue Indigo Baptisia australis Perennial Good
Cream Wild Indigo Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea Perennial Good
Buffalograss Bouteloua dactyloides Perennial Good
Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii 'White Profuson' Perennial Good
Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight' Perennial Good
White Cloud Calamint Calamintha nepatoides ssp. glandulosa 'White Cloud' Perennial Good
Beauty Berry Callicarpa americana Perennial Good
Purple Poppy Mallow Callirhoe involucrata Annual/Perennial Good
Blue Mist Spirea Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight' Perennial Good
Rose Turtlehead Chelone obliqua Perennial Good
Prairie Coreopsis Coreopsis palmata Perennial Good
Shooting Star Dodecatheon meadia Perennial Good
Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida Perennial Good
Yellow Coneflower Echinacea paradoxa Perennial Good
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Perennial Good
Joe Pye Weed Eutrochium purpureum Perennial Good
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Perennial Good
Rose Verbena Glandularia canadensis Perennial Good
Sneezeweed Helenium autumnale Perennial Good
Lantana Lantana camara 'Athens Rose' Annual Good
Lantana Lantana camara 'Carlos' Annual Good
Lantana Lantana camara 'Dallas Red' Annual Good
Lantana Lantana camara 'Spreading Sunset' Annual Good
Rough Blazing Star Liatris aspera Perennial Good
Prairie Blazing Star Liatris pycnostachya Perennial Good
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Perennial Good
Bee Balm Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline' Perennial Good
Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa Perennial Good
Missouri Evening Primrose Oenothera macrocarpa Perennial Good
Rigid Goldenrod Oligoneuron rigidium Perennial Good
Large-flowered Beardtongue Penstemon cobaea Perennial Good
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Pink Profusion' Annual Good
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Ruby Glow' Annual Good
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Starburst' Annual Good
Woodland Phlox Phlox divaricata Perennial Good
Garden Phlox Phlox paniculata Perennial Good
Sweet Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia subtomentosa Perennial Good
Wild Petunia Ruellia humilis Perennial Good
Common Rue Ruta graveolens Perennial Good
Blue Sage Salvia azurea Perennial Good
Blue Pincushion Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue' Perennial Good
Indian Pink Spigelia marilandica Perennial Good
New England Aster Symphotrichum novae-angliae Perennial Good
Aromatic Aster Symphotrichum oblongifolium Perennial Good
Mexican Sunflower Tithonia rotundifolia Annual Good
Tall Verbena Verbena bonariensis Annual Good
Golden Alexander Zizia aurea Perennial Good

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