Project Milkweed

Native milkweed populations are dwindling nationwide due to habitat degradation, herbicide use and drought. Milkweeds are critical to the survival of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) and many other animals. Texas milkweeds, in particular, are essential, because monarchs must lay their eggs on Texas milkweeds as they migrate north through Texas in the spring.

The Wildflower Center’s Project Milkweed aims to increase the abundance of native milkweeds by collecting and distributing seeds of native Texas milkweeds to local growers so they can grow and promote local milkweed availability.

Project Goals Include:

  • Collecting seeds of locally adapted ecotypes of milkweed (Asclepias spp.) within the Texas/Oklahoma monarch migration corridor
  • Growing milkweeds and developing growing protocols and best practices for seedling propagation and distribution
  • Safeguarding seeds of local ecotypes in national and Wildflower Center seed banks
  • Training citizen scientists to collect seed, grow plants and increase milkweed populations in their communities
DIG DEEPER

Texas Milkweed Identification Guide
Milkweed Seed Distribution Program
Gardening to Help Monarchs
Milkweed, Citizen Scientists and Schools 

LOCATION

Based at the Wildflower Center

PROJECT DATES
  • Ongoing
PARTNERS
CONTACT
PROJECT FEATURES
Milkweed germination protocol brochure

BROCHURE

Download a brochure about basic milkweed germination techniques.

project milkweed brochure

OVERVIEW

Download our Project Milkweed overview.

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