Monarch Butterflies and Native pollinators have been in the news quit a bit this past year. Besides keeping honey bees and Blue Orchard Bees, this spring I plan to create a Monarch Way Station.
I have several plants which attract butterflies in in my yard such as Buddleja and Passion flowers, but this spring I will devote an estimated 500 square feet of space to a new Monarch way station. MonarchWatch.org based at the University of Kansas is a nonprofit organization devoted to the education, conservation, and research program that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration. While in the Portland area last spring I saw a Monarch Waystation created in a street parkway with the Monarch Waystation sign posted.
I have been researching which plants will grow well in my area. At just shy of 3,000 ft elevation we get down as low as the mid-twenties Fahrenheit here on the farm. Some popular nectar plants such as Lantana will have to be treated as annuals because they will most likely freeze every year during the winter months. Lantana is a nectar source for Adult butterflies.
The Project is scheduled for Spring!