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Help Monarchs Thrive—Plant Natives!

What are the best native plants for my area and where can I find them?

The organizations below have great native plant databases and or fact sheets on which plants to select for your area.

  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database: You can search by Latin name, common name or plant family. Information provided includes plant characteristics, bloom, distribution, growing conditions, wildlife benefits and how to propagate.
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has developed monarch plant lists for both the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin) and the Southern Plains (Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas)
  • Monarch Watch: Monarch Watch provides a free flats of free milkweed plugs (32 per flat) to schools. You can identify the species you need using their eco-region map and associated plant list.
  • Native American Seed (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, LA): Native American Seed sells a wide variety of native seed mixes including mixes specifically for creating pollinator habitat and packets of specific milkweed seeds for the monarch butterfly.
  • Native Plant Societies: Every state and region has its unique palette of native plants. Find out more from the Native plant society in your area.
  • Native Milkweeds for Monarchs

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