Resources

Here are some great resources for learning more about milkweeds.

BASF's Living Acres Program is a research and development based initiative to identify best practices for cultivating milkweed habitat next to agriculture. Their latest brochure, Growing Milkweed in Non-Crop Areas to Benefit the Monarch Butterfly offers information on Monarch and milkweed biology, the collection and storage of seeds, and different ways to establish and maintain milkweeds in non-crop areas. The publication synthesizes this into a simplified "Seven Steps to Starting a Milkweed Stand."





The Xerces Society's Pollinator Plants of the Central United States: Native Milkweeds provides a wonderful introduction to the significance of milkweeds, incorporating their use in pollinator habitat restoration, profiles of the 9 species commercially available in the central US as well as those that are imperiled, and additional resources. If you are interested in having milkweeds on your property, this publication will guide you in protecting existing milkweed stands and/or preparing a new site, propagating and transplanting seedlings and sourcing seeds.



The Xerces Society's Milkweeds: A Conservation Practitioner's Guide provides a more in depth review of milkweed biology and ecology, the reliance and use of milkweed by other organisms, guidelines for milkweed propagation and seed production (targeting restoration practitioners and land managers), information on milkweed specialist insects and diseases and more! This publication is lengthier than the Native Milkweeds publication above, providing a wealth of information for those serious about milkweed habitat restoration and seed production. Take the opportunity to comb the lengthy literature references to further explore these important plants!


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Native Plants Database is a great resource for looking up various plants you may come across, including several milkweed species. Narrow your search for plant identification using characteristics such as state (or province), general appearance, lifespan, light requirement, soil moisture, bloom characteristics, leaf characteristics and size characteristics.