Monarch Watch Spring Open House
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Saturday, 11 May 2019 - 8a to 2p

A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone that helped make this year's spring event a success - see you next year!

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

NOTICE: Due to the 19th Street Reconstruction Project that began in March, Iowa Street is reduced to one lane in each direction and access between Iowa and 19th Street is closed. Visitors that typically use 19th & Iowa to reach Monarch Watch need to use an alternate route.

Crestline Drive (west of Iowa Street) may be used off 15th Street (Bob Billings Parkway) OR 23rd street (Clinton Parkway) for access to West Campus. Please see the map below for guidance and plan your route accordingly. We apologize for the inconvenience!


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 19 May 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 n/a
Tall Green Milkweed Asclepias hirtella Perennial n/a
Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata Perennial n/a
White Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' Perennial n/a
White Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata 'Milkmaid' Perennial n/a
Aquatic Milkweed Asclepias perennis Perennial n/a
Balloonplant Milkweed Asclepias physocarpa Annual n/a
Showy Milkweed Asclepias speciosa Perennial n/a
Sullivant's Milkweed Asclepias sullivantii Perennial n/a
Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Perennial n/a
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa Perennial n/a
Whorled Milkweed Asclepias verticillata Perennial n/a
Green Comet Milkweed Asclepias viridiflora Perennial n/a
Spider Milkweed Asclepias viridis Perennial n/a
Anise Hyssop Agastache x hybrida 'Purple Haze' Perennial n/a
Lead Plant Amorpha canescens Perennial n/a
Shining Blue Star Amsonia illustris Perennial n/a
Pussytoes Antennaria plantaginifolia Perennial n/a
Dutchman's Pipevine Aristolochia tomentosa Perennial n/a
Wild Ginger Asarum canadense Perennial n/a
Tatarian Aster Aster tataricus 'Jindai' Perennial n/a
False Blue Indigo Baptisia australis Perennial n/a
Cream Wild Indigo Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea Perennial n/a
Buffalograss Bouteloua dactyloides Perennial n/a
Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight' Perennial n/a
Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii 'Petite Purple' Perennial n/a
Butterfly Bush Buddleia weyeriana 'Bicolor' 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 n/a
Rose Turtlehead Chelone obliqua Perennial n/a
Prairie Coreopsis Coreopsis palmata Perennial n/a
Shooting Star Dodecatheon meadia Perennial n/a
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 n/a
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Perennial n/a
Rose Verbena Glandularia canadensis Perennial n/a
Sneezeweed Helenium autumnale Perennial n/a
Lantana Lantana camara 'Athens Rose' Annual n/a
Lantana Lantana camara 'Carlos' Annual n/a
Lantana Lantana camara 'Dallas Red' Annual n/a
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
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
Large-flowered Beardtongue Penstemon cobaea Perennial n/a
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Pink Profusion' Annual n/a
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Ruby Glow' Annual n/a
Pentas Pentas lanceolata 'Starburst' Annual n/a
Woodland Phlox Phlox divaricata Perennial n/a
Garden Phlox Phlox paniculata Perennial n/a
Sweet Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia subtomentosa Perennial n/a
Wild Petunia Ruellia humilis Perennial n/a
Common Rue Ruta graveolens Perennial n/a
Blue Sage Salvia azurea Perennial n/a
Blue Sage Salvia x 'Indigo Spires' Annual n/a
Blue Pincushion Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue' Perennial n/a
Peach Porterweed Stachytarpheta Annual n/a
Smooth Aster Symphotrichum laeve Perennial n/a
New England Aster Symphotrichum novae-angliae Perennial n/a
Aromatic Aster Symphotrichum oblongifolium Perennial n/a
Tall Verbena Verbena bonariensis Annual n/a
Golden Alexander Zizia aurea Perennial n/a

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