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MWC Eco-brief: Monarch Butterfly Nectar Plants

Monarch butterflies require milkweed (Asclepias spp.) as a larval food source. Just as important are nectar food plants to power adult monarch migrations north and south. Tropical milkweed sold at many plant nurseries should be avoided because it's harmful to monarchs. Whether you have acres, a garden, a balcony or a window box, select a variety of native nectar producing flowers that will offer monarchs a place to feed during their incredible journey. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides lists of monarch preferred native flowers for each region of the country at:

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