Milkweed

Photo credit: Monarch Wrangler, Sue Stutzman

Milkweed is the required host plant for monarch butterflies – female monarchs only lay their eggs on milkweed plants! Texan by Nature recommends planting milkweed plants and/or seeds that are native to your area.


Propagation and Growing Milkweed
Milkweed seeds and propagation (Native Plant Society of Texas)
Propagation (growing milkweeds) (Monarch Watch)
Optimizing milkweed species selection to promote Monarch Butterfly survival in Texas (Native Plant Society of Texas)
Milkweed plant ecology, seed production methods, and habitat restoration opportunities (Xerces Society)
Propagating native milkweeds for restoring monarch butterfly habitat (The International Propagators’ Society)

Seed and Plant Sources
Milkweed seed finder (Xerces Society)
Milkweed market vendors (Monarch Watch)
Free milkweeds for restoration projects (Monarch Watch)
Sustain the migration kit milkweed seeds (Native American Seed)
Milkweed seed packets (Botanical Interests)
Desert southwest milkweed suppliers (Southwest Monarch Study)

Identification and Plant Lists
Identification of milkweeds in Texas (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
Milkweed species for Central Texas (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
North American milkweed distribution (The Biota of North America Program)
Milkweed profiles (Monarch Watch)

Tropical Milkweed
Potential risks of growing exotic (non-native) milkweeds for monarchs (Monarch Joint Venture)

Fact Sheets and FAQs
Milkweed FAQs (Xerces Society)
Milkweed native to southeastern U.S. (Xerces Society)
Plant milkweed for monarchs (Monarch Joint Venture)