Monarch Butterfly Kit
A limited number of these are still available. Please Contact Us to purchase them. ONLINE ORDERING IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Payment and pickup will be at a member's house in southwest Oak Park with details worked out after purchase. We will still donate $8 per kit to the OP or RF school PTO of your choice.
This is a kit of 10 4" plants that can give you an easy way to add Monarch butterfly attracting plants to your existing or new garden. You can supplement a kit with other plants as well. It contains:
--2 Rose (Swamp) Milkweed plants, which provide a food/host plant for Monarch caterpillars and nectar.
--2 plants each of Showy Goldenrod and New England Aster provide the extremely important fall nectar/pollen sources migrating Monarchs (& others) need. (NOTE that these plants are only available separately as the larger #1 pot size, not 4".)
--1 Pale Coneflower provides early season nectar
--1 Purple Coneflower provides mid-season nectar
--2 Long-beaked Sedge provides a defining border and a place for the caterpillar to make its chrysalis.
Kit costs $40. You save $10 over the cost of purchasing plants individually
Light: Full sun
Soil: Dry to medium/well-drained
Height: 2-4 feet
Plant ASAP in a spot that gets full sun (6+ hours) or at least 4 hours direct sun. Water them every day, or as needed depending on precipitation and other weather conditions for the first month. They might need temporary shade.
Transplants need care for the first growing season. Mulch and regular weeding are also required until plants fill in. Visit westcook.wildones.org for more information on our Wildlife Corridor project.
See the individual plant pages for more information and photos.
Photo credit: Monarch-Stephanie Walquist, West Cook Wild One.
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