Monarch Planting Examples

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Dry Soil Conditions (Well-drained Soils)

Requirements

  • Minimum 100 square feet
  • Minimum 10 milkweeds of two or more species
  • Minimum 4 biennial or perennial native species for nectar

Dry Conditions Planting Diagram

  • 100 square feet
  • 5 each of two different milkweeds
  • 19 plants of four different biennial/perennial native species
  • Total: 29 plants all spaced 18" apart

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  • (5 - PM) Purple Milkweed
  • (5 - BW) Butterfly Milkweed
  • (5 - WPC) White Prairie Clover
  • (5 - RBS) Rough Blazing Star
  • (4 - WB) Wild Bergamot
  • (5 - BES) Black-eyed Susan
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Monarch planting diagram for dry soils
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Wet Soil Condition (Poorly Drained Soils, i.e. Raingarden)

Requirements

  • Minimum 100 square feet
  • Plant more than 10 plants if using only one species of milkweed
  • Minimum 4 biennial or perennial native species for nectar

Wet Conditions Planting Diagram

  • 250 square feet
  • 15 of one milkweed species
  • 49 plants of different biennial/perennial native species
  • Total: 64 plants, 24 spaced 24" apart across 150 square feet, 40 spaced 16" apart across 100 square feet

Plant Legend

  • (15 - MM) Marsh Milkweed
  • (3 - NEA) New England Aster¬†
  • (6 - CP) Cup Plant
  • (21- BL) Blue Lobelia
  • (19 - CR) Culver's Root

Note: Plants are arranged tallest to shortest, with shortest in front. These diagrams are just one of hundreds of plant combinations that can be used from the above table.

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Wet soil monarch planting diagram.