By David Salman, High Country Gardens Founder
It's truly astounding that our beloved Monarch butterfly is imperiled and faces the real threat of extinction. As development continues to take the place of natural landscapes, agribusiness continues to expand the use of herbicide- and pesticide-intensive crops, and climate change causes natural disasters, we are now seeing direct effects on the health of our natural world and the creatures that live in it.
As gardeners, we can and must make a concerted effort to reverse the loss of Monarch Butterfly habitat by planting Milkweed (Asclepias). Our gardens can help feed the Monarchs put in peril by the disregard for our planet and our environment.
There is increasing interest within the gardening community regarding butterfly plants, particularly Milkweed, and the plight of the Monarch butterfly. Thank goodness for this. Replanting Milkweed and sowing Milkweed seeds in residential and community gardens as well as in farmland will help to replenish populations of this plant genus lost to industrial agricultural practices. This is essential to creating a habitat for Monarchs, and this beloved migratory butterfly species' survival.