Support Monarch Butterflies & Pretty Pollinators SG Class

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Monarch Butterfly on flower

Most everyone has heard about the plight of the beloved Monarch butterfly. Their numbers have drastically declined over the past several years. More and more folks are interested in helping these beautiful creatures.

Here are some ways that you can help:

  • Add host plants, such as milkweed for emerging caterpillars – the plants WILL be munched on so don’t be alarmed when you see nibbled leaves!
  • Favorite plants of adult butterflies include butterfly weed, butterfly bush, coneflower, aster, & marigold.
  • They like flowers that have easy access points for nectar sipping such as phlox, gaillardia, & pentas.
  • Herbs like fennel and parsley provide food for butterflies so add them to your garden.
  • Butterflies prefer sunny areas, so plant a variety of sun-loving annuals, perennials, wildflowers, and shrubs including a wide range of flower colors.

Join N.C. Cooperative Extension of Union County and the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Union County online on June 4, 2020, at 7 p.m. for the Successful Gardener program. Our speaker will be Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Annie Howell, and her topic will be Pretty Pollinators. She will discuss butterflies and moths and plants that you can add to your garden that serve as host plants for the caterpillars and nectar plants for the adults. To receive the link to join this meeting, email me at You can sign up to receive notification of Extension Master Gardener Volunteer programs, events, and plant sales at Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Union County, just scroll down the page to subscribe.