The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 10, 2014

Raising awareness of milkweed

The Clinton Herald

---- — MAQUOKETA — The Hurstville Interpretive Center will attempt to raise public awareness about milkweed plants.

The center is holding a plant sale for area residents to try to include more milkweed plants in the region for monarch butterflies. The sale runs until 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. Plants will be delivered to the center for pickup at the end of May or early June.

In recent years, Jackson County Conservation staff members have had trouble finding monarchs to tag in the fall. According to the Xerces Society, there is a decline in the amount of milkweed plants, which is needed for the monarch caterpillars and are a significant factor contributing to the reduced number of monarchs recorded at overwintering sites.

Milkweed species for sale are native to Iowa and include: butterfly, swamp, prairie, purple and whorled milkweed. Milkweed plants are suitable for any garden or landscape.

Cost for plants is $2 per small plug or for a packet of seeds. To place an order, pick up an order form at the Hurstville Interpretive Center or download a form at Drop off order form and payment at the Hurstville Interpretive Center or mail to 18670 63rd St. Maquoketa.

For more information, contact the Jackson County Conservation at (563) 652-3783.