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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Promoting Milkweeds


This Milkweed poster (12"x18") will be available at our annual spring plant sale, May  8-9.  The artist is Constance Sayas (please click to enlarge).


Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) are not only a critical host plant for the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), milkweeds also attract and support a huge scope of pollinators and other insects boasting ample, high quality nectar. Milkweed flower visitors include native bees, honey bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Native milkweeds are the required host plants for monarch butterfly caterpillars, who store the plants’ distasteful chemicals in their bodies, giving them protection from predators.  

Each fall, over 1 million monarchs fly from western United States to spend the winter in groves along the California coast.  In the spring, these butterflies leave their overwintering sites in search of milkweeds on which to lay their eggs. Annual counts of overwintering monarchs in California show significant decline (from estimated 120,000 in 1997 to 2,300 in 2010).  A major contributing factor to this decline is the loss of milkweed plants across the western monarch’s breeding range.  The protection and restoration of native milkweeds is critical to reverse this trend. For more information about the subject, please click here.

6 comments:

Anne-Marie said...

I'm going to be out of town and just wonder if a poster can be ordered, or if they might be available after the sale? So beautiful!

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski said...

The poster will be available after the sale -

Terry Ruiter said...

How do we order the poster after the sale?

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski said...


If shipping is needed, please send a check for $25, please mark "milkweed" on the subject line; you can also call your credit card number and we'll send the poster (media mail)

they call me Miss said...

Is it still possible to purchase a poster?

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski said...

We do have some of them jet available. Please send an email to sbai@botanicgardens.org.
best regards - - Mervi