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Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Garden

In 2019, residents began a program to raise and release Monarch butterflies.  That same year, Cresswind applied for and received certification as a “Monarch Way Station”, a nationally-recognized program that requires numerous types of pollinator-friendly plants.  More specifically, it requires the growing of several varieties of milkweeds to serve as host plants for Monarch caterpillars.  In 2020, a Monarch breeding station was added which consists of boxes that aid Monarch development along with educational posters for visitors to the garden.  Adult Monarch releases are held periodically throughout the season with over (200) Monarchs released in 2021.  Follow the links below to learn more about the host and nectar plants in this section of the garden.

Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

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Butteryfly Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

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Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca

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Aquatic Milkweed

Asclepias perennis

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Whorled Milkweed

Asclepias verticillata

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Showy Milkweed

Asclepias speciosa

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Purple Milkweed

Asclepias purpurascens

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Wooly Dutchman's Pipevine

Aristolochia tomentosa

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False Nettle

Boehmeria cylindrica

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Purple Passionflower Vine

Passiflora incarnata

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New England Aster

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

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Golden Alexander

Zizia aurea

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Bronze Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

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Wild Black Cherry Tree

Prunus serotina

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Coral Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens

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