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The container says distributed by Home Depot, 2455 Paces Ferry Rd N. W., Atlanta , Georgia.

Just wanted to share my experience.

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I contacted the Monarch Watch organization www.MonarchWatch.org/waystations at the University of Kansas (1200 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045) .
It needs to be sent soon as these plants are being sold now to well meaning people who are wanting to help the Monarch and not kill them. I hate to think of the billions of plants being sold nationwide and how that will cancel the efforts of so many to stop the demise of the Monarch. Could you please help?

I got a milkweed plant from Home Depot because i had ran out and Garden Center didn’t have any milkweed plants and my plant did not have a label saying it has poison and then all my caterpillars stopped moving when they ate and they died. I am so angry at Home Depot for doing this. I will never buy anything from them ever again. and what was so sad was that I had a whole bunch of caterpillars and then they all just DIED.

May 2021
I have been having good luck raising monarchs in my lanai until I purchased six plants from Home Depot. No markings on the pots about being treated with poison but the results were staggering; caterpillars dead on the leaves, one dead halfway through changing to a chrysalis, five butterflies hatched with deformed wings and bodies. The only difference was the plants.

The seeds are white not seed pod, my bad!

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Amy Andrychowicz says

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Awesome! You’re welcome. Butterfly weed seeds are super easy to collect and grow. Have fun!

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Kyle R. Crocker says

Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed, and when they hatch, it's the only plant the caterpillars will eat. That's what makes it so crucial for helping the next generation hatch each season. And with the monarch population declining, it's more important now than ever before for us to do our part to help these pollinators rebound.

Including native plants in your garden is just one way to help the pollinator population rebound.

I found an organization, Live Monarch Foundation, that also offers free seeds. If you mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Live Monarch – 2020 Seed Campaign, PO BOX 1339, Blairsville, GA 30514, the foundation will send back 15 butterfly garden seeds, including milkweed, for free. If you include a donation for the foundation along with your envelope, they’ll provide you with 50 seeds for every dollar you donate.

Common Milkweed Varieties

Typically, Live Monarch Foundation has several varieties of seeds, and they’ll give you seeds that are native to your region. They have a few different hardy varieties of this perennial, including Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) and Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed), which can both survive freezing winters after the growing season ends. The foundation also has Asclepias curassavica (tropical milkweed), which grows well in Southern states like Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.

A man in Omaha, Bob Gittins, took on a huge role in trying to save the monarchs. According to the Omaha World-Herald, after having trouble finding milkweed plants in stores, Gittins started buying the seeds in bulk from the Save Our Monarchs Foundation in Minnesota. Now, he’s helping other gardeners by giving away the seeds for free. Last year, he sent out 1,500 seed packets.

If you get milkweed seeds for your garden, you can start them indoors right now. Growing the plants inside for a few months gives them extra time to mature before transplanting outside. Then, plant the sprouts outside after the last spring frost in your region. In the fall, simply scatter the seeds outdoors; they won’t germinate until they’ve been exposed to freezing temperatures and won’t sprout until next spring. If you're interested in purchasing your own seeds to start, you could also purchase a collection of 40 Prairie Milkweed Seeds, $2.50, at Walmart.

If you'd like to sprinkle some pollinator seeds in your yard and take advantage of the free seeds, all you need to do is drop a self-addressed, stamped envelope in the mail to: Nebraska Monarchs, P.O. BOX 642061, Omaha, NE 68164. Gittins will send back milkweed seeds as soon as he can so you get them in the ground.