2. Plant Native California Milkweed Away from the Coast
Milkweed supports a range of pollinators and is the required host plant for monarch caterpillars. However, milkweed loss in monarch breeding areas has contributed to the decline of the population — making the restoration of native milkweed crucial to their protection.
If you live at least five miles away from the coast, planting native milkweed where it is historically found can help support breeding habitats and future generations of monarchs. Here are three commercially available native milkweeds to help boost monarch habitats: