Nita Schiro, Master Gardener
Do you enjoy the variety of butterflies in our area during the warm months? If so, you might be interested in knowing how you can attract and sustain them in your own landscape. Make your plans now to shop the MCMGA’s Spring Plant Sale on March 24th to shop the numerous plants being offered for butterflies.
As you may know, butterflies need nectar to sustain them and you won’t need to look far to find something suitable from our selection of Salvias, Turks Cap, or Mexican Sunflower just to name a few.
To encourage butterflies to stay in your garden, be sure to plant a host plant or two. For the beautiful and majestic Monarch, you will want to plant Milkweed, which we will be offering several varieties of at the Spring sale. If you love the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly, you will want to plant Dutchman’s Pipevine (Aristolochia fimbriata). This host plant has a variegated, heart-shaped leaf and is a must-have for these pretty black butterflies. You will want to plant several, as the Swallowtail will lay large groups of eggs on the underneath side of the leaves of this plant. Once the larvae hatch, they will devour the plant. Don’t worry, however, it rebounds quickly to accommodate the next generation.
Visit our website at www.mcmga.com for more information, or give us a call if you have questions at 936-539-7824. The complete plant list is in the works and should be available soon, but for now, the butterfly enthusiasts out there can look forward to shopping the many plants we will offer to help sustain our local butterflies. The sale is on March 24th from 8:00 a.m. (for the pre-sale presentation) with shopping from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. The address is 9020 Airport Road in Conroe.
Due to the limited number of wagons available and to avoid long wait times, we encourage you to bring your own wagon!