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Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 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 thirteen 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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2017 PLANT LIST (2018 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 16 May 2017; 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
Tall Green Milkweed Asclepias hirtella Perennial Limited
Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata Perennial Good
White Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' Perennial n/a
Balloonplant Milkweed Asclepias physocarpa Annual Good
Purple Milkweed Asclepias purpurascens Perennial Good
Showy Milkweed Asclepias speciosa Perennial n/a
Sullivant's Milkweed Asclepias sullivantii Perennial Good
Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Perennial Good
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa Perennial n/a
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' Perennial Good
Whorled Milkweed Asclepias verticillata Perennial Good
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 n/a
Dill Anethum graveolens Perennial n/a
Field Pussytoes Antennaria neglecta Perennial n/a
New England Aster Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome' Perennial Limited
Aromatic Aster 'October Skies' Aster oblongifolius Perennial Limited
False Blue Indigo Baptisia australis Perennial Limited
Cream Wild Indigo Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea Perennial Limited
Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii 'White Profuson' Perennial Limited
Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii 'Dark Knight' Perennial Limited
Butterfly Bush Buddleia x weyeriana 'Honeycomb' Perennial n/a
White Cloud Calamint Calamintha nepatoides ssp. glandulosa 'White Cloud' Perennial Limited
Purple Poppy Mallow Callirhoe involucrata Annual/Perennial n/a
Blue Mist Spirea Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight' Perennial Limited
Rose Turtlehead Chelone obliqua Perennial Good
Prairie Coreopsis Coreopsis palmata Perennial Limited
Large Cigar Flower Cuphea micropetala Annual Good
Moon Flower Datura inoxia Annual Good
Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida Perennial Good
Yellow Coneflower Echinacea paradoxa Perennial Good
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Perennial Limited
Blue Mistflower (Wild Ageratum) Eupatorium coelestinum Perennial Good
Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium purpureum Perennial Good
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Perennial n/a
Rose Verbena Glandularia canadensis Perennial Limited
Willow-leaved Sunflower Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light' Perennial n/a
Heliotrope 'Fragrant Delight' Heliotropium arborescens Annual Good
Lantana Lantana camara 'Athens Rose' Annual Limited
Lantana Lantana camara 'Carlos' Annual Good
Lantana Lantana camara 'Spreading Sunset' Annual n/a
Rough Blazing Star Liatris aspera Perennial n/a
Prairie Blazing Star Liatris pycnostachya Perennial n/a
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Perennial n/a
Great (Blue) Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica Perennial n/a
Bee Balm Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline' Perennial Limited
Wild Bergamot Monarda fistulosa Perennial Limited
Missouri Evening Primrose Oenothera macrocarpa Perennial Good
Rigid Goldenrod Oligoneuron rigidium Perennial n/a
Passion Flower Passiflora incarnata Perennial Good
Large-flowered Beardtongue Penstemon cobaea Perennial Limited
Beardtongue Penstemon digitalis Perennial Limited
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Pink Profusion' Annual Good
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Ruby Glow' Annual Good
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Starburst' Annual n/a
Woodland Phlox Phlox divaricata Perennial Limited
Garden Phlox Phlox paniculata Perennial Limited
Upright Coneflower Ratibida columnifera Perennial Limited
Mexican Hat Plant Ratibida columnifera 'Red Midget' Perennial n/a
Sweet Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia subtomentosa Perennial n/a
Wild Petunia Ruellia humilis Perennial Good
Common Rue Ruta graveolens Perennial Good
Blue Sage Salvia azurea Perennial Good
Red Autumn Sage Salvia greggii Annual Limited
Showy Goldenrod Solidago speciosa Perennial n/a
Indian Pink Spigelia marilandica Perennial n/a
Peach Porter Weed Stachytarpheta mutabilis Annual Limited
Blue Porter Weed Stachytarpheta urticifolia Annual Good
Mexican Sunflower Tithonia rotundifolia Annual Good
Ohio Spiderwort Tradescantia ohiensis Perennial Limited
Tall Verbena Verbena bonariensis Annual n/a
Blue Vervain Verbena hastata Perennial Good
Ironweed Vernonia fasciculata Perennial Limited
Golden Alexander Zizia aurea Perennial Limited

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