Milkweed Monarchy
Please help save the Monarch Butterfly. 

Plant Milkweed!

Welcome to Milkweed Monarchy!

Use Milkweed for Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Control!

The invasive spotted lanternfly (SLF) is attracted to common milkweed. The SLF will feed on milkweed and become sick or die afterwards since milkweed sap is poisonous to many insects.

Video : Spotted Lanternfly killed by milkweed (Asclepias)

Mission Statement

Increase awareness of the plight of the Monarch Butterfly and other pollinators. Encourage planting of pollinator plots. Provide milkweed seeds to various locations for pollinator plots, container gardeners, educational outreach to the general community, schools and garden clubs. Develop additional uses for the milkweed plant. Encourage community activities to plant seed plots at landfills, restoration of gas well pads and right of ways, power lines and road medians.

Goal: Distribute milkweed products, draw attention to the milkweedmonarchy website and to direct further interest to other monarch and pollinator educational organizations.

Milkweed on a Mission - So why should you be interested in growing milkweed? It’s so that you can be a part of saving the Monarch Butterfly. The mission of this project is to increase awareness of the plight of the Monarch Butterfly and other pollinators.

Hello Fellow Monarch Butterfly Rescuers! 

Many agencies express growing concern about the decline of pollinators. Pollinating insects such as the monarch butterfly and honey bee are essential for the commercial growing of fruits and vegetables. More than 90% of all plants need a pollinator to distribute pollen necessary for reproduction. Without pollinators, our food supply could be in jeopardy. By growing milkweed, you are doing your part in helping rescue the monarch butterfly. The leaves of milkweed plant are necessary food for the monarch caterpillar and the flowers are important food for the monarch butterfly and other pollinators including honey bees.

During the yearly migration, the monarch butterfly depends on pollinator plants, like milkweed, for food. Three to four generations are required to complete the northern return trip in the spring. The butterflies breed and lay eggs only on milkweed plants on the way back north.  It is crucial to have access to milkweed across the monarch butterfly migration path as it takes many generations to make its way back from its wintering grounds. The use of pesticides has decimated the milkweed plants in the migration corridor.

We hope to continue to encourage the planting of milkweed plots and develop additional uses for the milkweed plant. You can help the monarch caterpillar by planting milkweed plots around your houses, yards, buildings and roadways. The monarch caterpillar is very finicky. Milkweed is the only food that the monarch caterpillar can eat.  Milkweed is crucial to the survival of the monarch butterfly since the leaves are the only place she lays her eggs. The Common Milkweed variety (Asclepias syriaca) has a broad native range across the continental United States and Canada. The native range of Common Milkweed is in hardiness zones 3 through 9. 

Doing our part to raise awareness, Milkweed Monarchy is now offering a Got Milkweed MilkweedMonarchy.com tee-shirt available in a variety of sizes. Our worried-looking caterpillar is helping to promote the plight of the monarch butterfly through his whimsical expression to help spread the word. See our product page for ordering information.

Milkweed Monarchy has many options available for growing milkweed. Packaged milkweed seeds by the pod, seeds by count and by weight, seed balls and seed ball strings are available (9 seed balls per string). To engage other organizations, floral businesses and groups we encourage other uses for the milkweed plant. Popular with our crafters are milkweed floss, empty milkweed pods and honey locust pods used in a variety of crafts such as wreaths, ornaments and floral arrangements. We have direct sales and commissioned fundraising. Contact us for fundraising options.  Your support helps us to supply seeds on a regular basis to organizations such as Monarch Watch. This organization  helps to re-establish corridors for monarch butterfly migration.  


Jeff and Amy

Licensed Seed Distributor PA Seed License ID: 007FJY

About Us

Milkweed Monarchy is located in central Pennsylvania on an eight-acre farm plot. The business was started 2010 by selling milkweed pods on ebay. As a result of a bee-keeping project by our son, we were made aware of the decline of pollinators including the honey bee and butterflies. Around this time we also met David Folk of Folk Butterfly Farm and honey bee expert, Craig Cella. Fortunately, our farm had naturally-occuring milkweed. Selective mowing was all that was necessary to establish a 4 acre milkweed plot. Our expanding milkweed seed business helped us decide to create our web site to raise more awareness. We offer two retail locations as well as our ebay listing: Chatham Run Feed Mill and Bason Coffee Roasting. We have an ongoing outreach to local educational groups through student education and are also offering fundraising opportunities to schools and clubs as well. We will be seeking support for a future crowd funding project to enable additional expansion.

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Milkweed Monarchy

Amy and Jeff Rankinen

8307 PA-44

Williamsport, PA 17702


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