Apply Now for Free Milkweed Plants for Habitat Restoration!

Posted On January 9, 2020— Written By
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Monarch nectaring on butterfly milkweed.

Monarch nectaring on butterfly milkweed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Monarch Watch has a program where they are giving out free milkweed plants to folks interested in doing large-scale (two or more acres) native habitat restoration projects. The program includes habitat restoration projects located in the Monarch Milkweed Corridor. This covers most of the eastern half of the United States (however, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana are not included in the grant at this time). Only certain portions of Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia are included.

I talked with the good folks at Monarch Watch to find out which portions of North Carolina were included in the project. North Carolina has three eco-regions: M221 (mountains), 231 (piedmont), and 230 (coastal plain). North Carolinians in the mountains and piedmont ARE eligible for free milkweeds but the coastal plain is not.

Learn more about ecoregions.

Less than half of the 73 species of milkweed native to the U.S. are regularly visited by monarchs. See the Milkweed Profiles on the Monarch Watch website.

Although the milkweed plugs are free, recipients will be responsible for shipping and handling costs. Monarch Watch has detailed Project Guidelines on their website and also a link to the Project Application. Please read the Project Guidelines before applying.

Milkweed plants are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis so if you are interested, apply as soon as possible. Once they are all reserved you can get on a waiting list because sometimes more become available later.

Monarch Watch also has a program that provides free milkweed plugs to schools and non-profit educational organizations.

Please direct ALL questions about this project to Monarch Watch at 785-864-4441.