Attract Monarch butterflies to your yard with milkweeds

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Residents can entertain royalty with a milkweed plant! Milkweed plants will be at the Master Gardener’s booth during the Natchitoches Green Market Saturday, April 27. Plants will be given out for a small donation to the “Save the Monarch Butterfly Project.”

The milkweed plant attracts monarch butterflies to yards and provides nectar in its flowers, as well as provides a nursery for the female monarch butterfly to lay eggs on the leaves of the plant. Last year, over 1,000 milkweed plants were distributed thanks to the City of Natchitoches and the Master Gardeners. For more information on milkweeds, monarch butterfly biology, waystations and more, visit www.monarchwatch.com.