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Butterfly Gardening

butterfly gardeningLooking for next steps after receiving your package of butterfly garden seeds?

You’ve come to the right place! Please take a few moments to browse our ever-growing selection of resources to ensure your success in planting your migration station and supporting the growth of Texas’ Monarch population.

If you’ve found this page simply through browsing our website, welcome! In order to receive your own complimentary seed packet and help sustain our butterfly population, purchase our 7th edition collectible ornament.


GARDEN SEED MIX

Now that you’ve received your butterfly garden seeds, you might be wondering just what sort of mix you have. While Monarch larvae need the milkweed for nourishment during development, adult Monarchs actually feed on the nectar of a variety of flowering plants. The list below will give you a full rundown of the array of beautiful flowers that will soon be in bloom in your butterfly garden!

  • Northern Milkweed (Asclepias Speciosia)
  • Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)
  • Southern Milkweed (Asclepias Curassavica)
  • Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  • White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  • Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata)
  • Bishop’s Flower/Queen Anns Lace (Ammi majus)
  • Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)
  • Sunset Flower (Asclepias curassavica)
  • Turbo White (Limonium sinuatum Statice)
  • Prairie Aster (Aster tanacetifolius)
  • Turbo Yellow (Limonium sinuatum Statice)
  • Thoroughwax (Bupleurum griffithii)
  • Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
  • Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
  • Mexican Lupine (Lupinus hartwegii)
  • Bachelor Button (Centaurea cyanus)
  • Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)
  • Sweet Sultan (Centaurea moschata)
  • Yellow Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnaris)
  • Tricolor Daisy (Chrysanthemum carinatum)
  • Gloriosa Daisy (Rudbeckia gloriosa)
  • Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum)
  • Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
  • Lance-leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
  • Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum)
  • Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria)
  • Moss Verbena (Verbena tenuisecta)
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)

BUTTERFLY GARDENING TIPS

Gain some knowledge on the fundamentals of butterfly gardening based on your location.


GRANT PROGRAMS

Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas Grant Program

The purpose of the program is to educate members and the public about Monarch conservation, to produce and distribute milkweeds that support reproduction by Monarch butterflies, and to restore Monarch habitats throughout the Texas migration flyway.


TEXAS BUTTERFLY EXIBITS

HMNS-Stacked-LogoCockrell Butterfly Center at the Museum of Natural Science

The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Brown Hall of Entomology (both in Houston) provide entertainment and education for the whole family! Discover the wonderful world of insects, with fun, interactive games and quizzes, spectacular preserved specimens, and living examples of some of the world’s largest and weirdest arthropods. They also hold a semi-annual butterfly plant sale.


moody-gardens-logoMoody Gardens

This Galveston-based educational and recreational nature resort hosts a year-round tropical butterfly exhibit in their rainforest pyramid. They are currently showing Flight of the Butterflies 3D in their theater.


hd_bannerTexas Discovery Gardens

Located at Fair Park in Dallas, the mission of Texas Discovery Gardens is to teach effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment, with a focus on gardening organically and sustainably. A butterfly garden and insectarium is located onsite.


MONARCH ORGANIZATIONS

BannerMonarchJourney North: Monarch Butterfly

This migration tracking project is a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. The site includes information to help track the monarch butterfly migration each fall and spring, along with a wealth of resources regarding migration and an FAQ section that will help explain everything there is to know about the Monarch!


indexLive Monarch

A nonprofit organization whose mission is to “keep our skies filled with nature’s color,” this group provides education, involvement and assistance to individuals working to benefit the Monarch butterfly and various native creatures who have suffered a decline in their natural habitats.


MBF LOGO.finalMonarch Butterfly Fund

This fund meets the challenge of preserving Monarch butterflies and their spectacular migration through a specific conservation strategy that fosters healthy ecosystems and sustainable communities through forest conservation, habitat monitoring, scientific research, education and outreach, and sustainable development.


monarchwatchMonarch Watch

A nationwide organization dedicated to education, conservation and research.


national-butterfly-centerNational Butterfly Center

The 100-acre National Butterfly Center is dedicated to education, conservation and scientific research on wild butterflies.


Texas Monarch Watch

A Monarch watch group specific to Texas.

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