According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, habitat loss and fragmentation as well as pesticide use has impacted the availability of milkweed to monarchs. Monarch populations have decreased significantly as a result. Many organizations, agencies, private companies and individuals are working together to bring back habitat for the monarch, which includes planting milkweed species. There are 73 species of native milkweeds in the United States, and monarch utilize about 30 of these regularly.
The milkweed varieties and butterfly mixes shown here are all available from Applewood Seed to counteract the loss and fragmentation of milkweeds for monarchs. We are also continuing research on seed production of additional varieties of milkweeds in order to get more species into the seed marketplace. These trials include Green Milkweed, Antelope Horn, and Broadleaf Milkweed.