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Our goal - Help Nature and others in need.
We offer low cost, high quality seed for all and for educators, kids and some in need *Free* seeds. The efforts and generosity of our staff and others like you keeps this possible. Thank you for helping us plant and share the wealth of Nature one seed at a time.
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Hello you wonderful caring people thank you for taking action to support your local Monarch Butterflies! You are the engine that drives our 20+ year ongoing campaign to provide Free Education and the low cost seed to plant the edible homes for Monarch butterflies across North America. Our small staff of very dedicated people are willing to put in long hours to fill the requests you send in with the best Milkweed and seed for your gardens.
The cost of seed has doubled again for some varieties and with increased postage and all inputs we must make some changes. All new requests for seed must soon come through our site so we can anticipate the need and be prepared to meet it. Please let others know that they will soon need a code from the site before sending in an envelope for materials. We hope to also provide you a way to know what comes in and goes out through untracked mail. This campaign outgrew its capacity to meet the unexpected high demand in 2022. Postings by others unfortunately have greatly expanded our generosity and labeled it a FREE FOR ALL. We must now act to limit the demand to what the campaign can provide based on sales and contributions. Please understand that in order to continue it we must cover the costs or disappoint many.
Your many posts on social media are much appreciated if you direct all new people to this site first, so they can read our message and get the details they really need. Please do not post our PO Box address or give inaccurate information, causing people to waste postage, envelopes or make mistakes like no stamp or return address.
Who should be getting FREE materials? Our program is intended for Kids, Educators and people that really are having struggles and need a smile that Nature provides. It is not a gift program for your friends or readers that can afford to contribute to the campaign. Please take this to heart. While 15 seeds may be enough you can directly share seed packs with family and neighbors and save the postage and us the extra effort. Please review the seed pack page to use as gifts.
A mountain of incoming mail without postage could end it for everyone so please help us to continue this important community service that covers North America. Yes, Canada we send seeds to you too - the return US stamp needed is $1.45 USD. We suggest joining up with a few families.
Get smart about costs! If you can join up with a neighbor or friend and add even one dollar to the envelope you get more seed back than if you sent 2 envelopes requesting free seed and it will save us all time and money. Please join with others and save valuable resources. One return envelope can hold several packs of seed.
Asclepias is the main name for milkweed, the varieties we have at the moment are… Syriaca, Speciosa, Incarnata, Tuberosa, and limited Fascicularis for CA, we also have six regional specific wildflower mixes that have 12-25 types of flowering plants mostly Perennial. We can add extra milkweed to the mixes if requested.
If you have a strong opinion of what seed you do or do not want please add a note.
Everyone, please take the time to research the best varieties of milkweed for your specific area, US Gov maps below are generally showing where these varieties are currently found. More detailed "Native" maps are on many other sites, review them for new research. If you have seeds to share please contact us. While there are about 80 milkweed varieties in North America many of these are not commercially available and we can not grow them in our region. Please include a note or we will choose the most productive we have for the Monarchs based on the return address.
Please support your local providers and nurseries. They have local knowledge which is very valuable and you can see what is flying around the plants to know what is really productive in your area.
While this site needs to be updated regularly it relied on the best information at the time created. We remain focused on the goal of ensuring the continued Annual Migration of the Monarch Butterfly Across North America. Please make informed choices and care for one another.
God Bless LMF Staff
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a secure online transaction below. Thank you!
Monarchs need your help. Plant Milkweed everywhere!
If you want seeds by mail please send one self addressed, stamped envelope for us to return.
Please request the type of seeds you want.
Cash or Check payable to "Live Monarch"
30+ seeds per dollar of most varieties
To order online use the secure links below.
Live Monarch - 2024 Seed Campaign
PO BOX 1339
Blairsville, Georgia 30514
We welcome you share our website link,
but NOT our PO Box Information Online
Hello and thank you for your interest in our 21 YEAR ongoing Seed campaign.
The format of this campaign will change in 2023 to better control the level of work for our limited staff and ensure the wait times are reasonable. We really care about getting you the best seeds we can. Without pre planning and having seeds on hand and extra staff we struggled to get the avalanche of mail processed and back out quickly. Our normal extra information sheets were not available for many and we hope to be better prepared for the next wave of interest. Please check back with our site to check on the new requirements to get Free seeds in 2023 before you send in an envelope. Thank you for your participation.
Live Monarch will send 15+ Butterfly Garden seeds including Milkweed and growing instructions FOR FREE even if you can not afford a contribution. This program was started for schools and broke folks that wanted to help and could use some smiles. Just mail us a self addressed stamped envelope, one per household. A save the Monarch contribution is greatly appreciated to help offset the cost of the many seeds we give away, personally plant and plants we provide to schools and share with others by others that can afford to share in the cost. Please know any small contribution helps keep this campaign going. Thank you! Please read tips below.
Some tips for success with this mail in program, and some common mistakes:
Want a little more information? Click this link https://www.livemonarch.com/extra
One dollar goes a long way to help Monarchs, and we will send 40+ seeds per dollar as a thank you for most seed types. If you need more seeds, send a larger contribution with your written request. (These same seed packs sell all over the web for $3 - $5 for only a few seeds). We send out several milkweed varieties which can survive the winters at the end of the growing season, and we do our best to send them to appropriate areas. From time to time we may run out of rarer types. We have regional specific seeds to send back to the regions where they were gathered. Please include a small note below if you have a special request. We read every one and do our best to meet your needs. Please share or give if you can so we can provide materials to as many as possible. Please research and then request the type you want with the drop down menus below.
Our Milkweed choices are changing and we are doing our best to provide more Native and regional specific Milkweed and seed blends.
To get seeds faster use the "PAY NOW" button below. Use the drop down menus to choose what you need and include a short clear note if necessary, then click PAY NOW to access the secure online form, where you can submit your information safely. There is a link to bypass the need for PayPal account and use most credit cards.
At different levels of contribution we can offer the items below as thank you gifts. At $5.90 it is 150 seeds and a complete information pack delivered to your door. At $20.90 we send 600 seeds for your region and a personalized letter. Use the links to request the type of seeds you want or ask us to pick for you. We have redesigned this quick check out to include more options and hope you help us continue to ensure that we all have the FREE education and low cost resources to Save the Monarch Migration. Thank you, LMF STAFF.
You will receive seeds and simple milkweed growing instructions and our heartfelt thanks. There are no butterflies in your return envelope. The information sheet is preprinted for you to keep as a reference sheet and to share the website and the education to help Monarchs and butterflies in every life stage.
SEED GROWING AND SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS CLICK HERE
WILL WE LOSE THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY?
Unlikely, however, it's migration route may be greatly diminished.
Monarchs need your help! Some certainly do and especially if you want to see them in your own backyard. According to some researchers Monarchs are threatened and still others say their numbers, while historically much lower, are stable. We have only known about their over wintering sites for a little less than 50 years so it is difficult to ring the fire alarm or signal all clear just yet. But we should all be concerned about our environment and the living things dependent upon it. Some researchers are worried we may lose a larger part of the Monarch migration this year due to climate change if action is not taken to protect their milkweed food supplies and protect safe migratory corridors. Is threatened too strong a statement? The debate continues. Do we want future restrictions on backyard milkweed and school projects? Obviously not...
What actions should we take? Some have criticized any intervention. Some research is confusing and some have wonderful studies with lots of evidence. Some have very strong opinions and shout loudly. It is hard to devote the time needed to understand all the arguments? We understand this frustration and are a little slow to make changes due to the complexity.
A little history - In 1991, over 75% of the wintering Monarchs from North America froze to death in Mexico as a result of three days of rain and sub-freezing conditions. This is when the Live Monarch Foundation was formed to ensure Monarchs would fill our skies for future generations. One person decided to take action, plant a seed and inspire others to learn how to do the same. Over the years we have grown to include thousands of individuals just like you that take action to help the Monarchs, creating refuges for them across North America and around the world.
Natural events are not the only challenges that face the Monarch. Widespread pesticide application and genetically modified crops cover important parts of the Monarch's migratory path and serve as killing fields for any Monarchs that pass through these millions of acres of toxins and biological agents that kill them and their young. They are unintended casualties in a war to protect crops. What about actual WAR how much food has this destroyed? Can we do better?Monarchs and their migration show us the fragility and interconnectedness of our world and that the actions of some can have impacts on all of us.
We are all part of the problem through the global effort to harness and control Nature in the search for profit. We must research the origins of all our wants to ensure that the products and organizations we support are a true benefit and not a source of misery to the resources used to create them. Our choice to know the source of our purchases gives us the real power to decide what types of people we support and together control over the manner of production used. Please promote the sharing of information widely, scientists you too, so that we can make informed choices and change the world with every one.
Our call to action used to be. “The Monarch habitat must be protected now to ensure their survival, before we see the day when this miracle of nature is only a memory. Please plant seeds and help to ensure their survival. A Milkweed in every yard! “ Maybe we modify that to - Our environment must be protected so all living creatures can maintain their place and with respect and study we provide for the survival of us all great and small.
You have the power to instantly change the world !
Plant a seed today and change your backyard.
Educate yourself about the effects of your actions.
Take responsibility for your actions.
Plant an idea by sharing your knowledge.
Educate others and ask them to take responsibility for their actions.
Make the decision to think, act, and be responsible for yourself and all you impact.
Choose not to support ideas or actions that harm our environment or others.
You are the most important part of any solution!
SEED UPDATE 2024 - We have a good stockpile of fresh Milkweed seeds right now and thanks to you and the continued sharing of our mission on social media we are sending out more than 1,000 envelopes every day.
When your seeds arrive, make sure you have exactly what you needed. Please contact us with one email or a phone call if there are any questions and please share your seeds, this page and our program with others so we can continue to get the word out. We are far ahead of last years pace when we went through 5 million seeds in several months. Through your efforts to share information and materials with others you are the most important part of our campaign and we thank you. Every Monarch that can find a safe milkweed leaf to lay an egg on thanks you. Every caterpillar that has enough Milkweed to eat and a bit of cover from predators thanks you. Every newly emerged Monarch spreading their wings for the first time and seeing our world from above and your backyard that sheltered it, thanks you too.
Thank You for every Tweet, Facebook post, email, conversation, and seed you share with your Friends and Family. This effort is directly responsible for the growing of Millions of new HOMES and FOOD for Millions of Monarchs across North America and around the globe too.
A need for seed - Northern varieties are especially hard to source as we share over 100 pounds every year and can not grow our full supply. If we run out of a variety we will continue to ship the next best milkweed varieties to fill your requests. If you have extra seeds to share please contact us. We are happy to pay for postage and your time if you have a good supply. Thank you in advance for all your help. The seed you plant is the food and shelter for a Monarch Caterpillar. Thank you for planting a Home for them.
Think about that for a moment a two cent investment and a moment to plant a single seed can provide a lifetime of food and shelter for a Monarch Caterpillar and the starting point for a 1500 mile migration. A miracle of Nature right in your back yard and your opportunity for a personal life changing experience with Nature.
Please let everyone know about this site, about how to get milkweed seed, and why it is so important!
Lifecycle Story of a Monarch Butterfly for FREE! Highly recommended . You will learn all about the care of a Monarch from an egg to an adult butterfly. Download all the pictures of your butterfly in its different life stages. This is a very simple and FUN learning experience. Great for small children and adults too.
Would you like to give seed packs to all your friends and family? Click here for our personalized seedpacks
We support local growers and hope you seek out native varieties.
If you can not find a local suplier or resource become one. Share your knowledge, plants and seeds. You are the most important part of our Mission. It all starts in your backyard.
Maps and pictures are from www.aphis.usda.gov and www.fs.fed.us. Maps may depict larger areas than actual “native” range. Please do your own investigation, take a walk around your area in case you can find local seeds to replant, research and choose wisely before introducing new varieties.
Syriaca - Common Milkweed Up to 5’ tall - Over 450 insect types are known to feed on this plant. Will survive winters and is a prolific seed producer. Germination is variable dependent on the source but typically 14-30 days, and some seed is always dormant.
Incarnata - Swamp Milkweed 3’ - 5’ with slender leaves highly sought after by Monarchs. Pink to reddish flowers. Will survive winters and be a good seed producer. Less than 14 -30 day germination.
Perrenis - White Swamp Milkweed 1’-2’ white flowers found in wet areas and along streams. The name means perennial. Seeds are designed to float on water not through air. Will update best planting practices and information as we gain more feedback.
Currently not part of our free seed program. On hold pending further review.
Curassavica - Tropical Milkweed 3-4’ fast growing and heat tolerant - Red and orange or sometimes yellow flowers. Productive nectar source. Some studies caution its use but may serve an important place in Monarch survival strategies. Favorite of the Monarchs for egg laying and as a backup food supply if “Native” varieties are exhausted. Small caterpillars will transfer to it readily and complete their metamorphosis. Best to cut back in any area of southward migration as season ends.
Speciosa - Showy Milkweed 4’ tall with thick leaves that feed many Monarchs. Will survive winters and be a good seed producer. The seed we supply is ready to plant, with no special "stratification" necessary but may have some dormancy. Less than 14-30 day germination.
Tuberosa - Butterfly Milkweed 2’-3’ large range and a great choice for Monarchs. Has hairy stems, leaves are alternate, and sap is much thinner. Seed may need a long stratification period. Recommended to plant before Winter. Less than 14-30 day germination.
Fascicularis - Narrow-Leaved Milkweed - max height is 3’ Habitat throughout California and some neighboring states. Dry or moist soils, sun, and heat tolerant. Pink and white flowers. May be challenging to germinate. We will update best planting practices and information as we gain more feedback.
Unknown Local Milkweed - If the flowers look similar to milkweed or there is a seed pod, it just might be and you should value it. We certainly do! Please respect that ecosystem and do not rob Nature of this valuable resource. If there are open pods please carefully plant some of its brown seeds around the same area, share with a few neighbors and let us know too. There are many other amazing sites and now apps that can help you to identify these plants. Have fun and stay safe. Wash your hands well with soap & water if handling milkweeds, and do not touch your face or eyes.
Attention Educators: We love the hundreds of letters we get from your first grade classes and other students! Keep the letters coming but please remember we have a big expense in seeds and staff time to stuff each of those separate envelopes. We suggest you put all the envelopes or letters into one package and send that to us. You can then donate that postage to the cause instead of wasting postage and many envelopes. This also helps us get the job done faster for everyone. Thank you.
Attention Press: We love the hundreds and sometimes thousands of letters we get from your readers and hope to be an ongoing part of your outreach to your audience. BUT please remember this is a contribution based seed program that relies on the many small purchases in self addressed stamped envelopes that come in to cover the cost to buy and collect seeds, print, pack, open, read, count, answer questions, stuff, seal and all too often include postage on all those requests. We encourage you to send your readers to our site and or this page and make sure they understand our offering is contribution based. We have funds to cover a small percentage of free seed requests but have unfortunately been inundated from time to time with thousands of free requests for materials that have bypassed our web site and are a significant drain on our small staff and limited resources. Trust us, your active audience will definitely contact you if their requests are not filled, please help us keep this program ongoing.
Butterfly Picture Contest: We appreciate the pictures, drawings and letters you send to us and would like to display them on our site. To encourage more artistic creations, we are offering a reward for the best in each age range. Just send in your drawings or butterfly crafts, and you will be entered in our Caterpillar Kit Giveaway. Click here to see some of our thousands of letters and get more information on the contest. Anyone can enter!
AWESOME BUTTERFLY GIFTS AND LARGER DONATIONS ONLINE
Can you afford to do more? Our mission to assist the Monarch butterfly and native animals covers all of North America. Your contributions assist the Live Monarch Foundation to send out many thousands of these Free Seed Packs and Educational materials to children across this continent. It also affords us the opportunity to give back directly to your community in a self-renewing and sustainable way. Any donation over $20 will be eligible to receive a special Monarch thank you gift. At different levels of sponsorship, we can offer the following items or sizable discounts from our online partners and fellow butterfly breeders:
GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE YOU CAN SEE
Community involvement: Monarchs are a miracle everyone should enjoy. We have created a wonderful opportunity for your household, neighborhood, school, place of worship, business, community and even state to make a difference today and ensure the future of our Monarch tomorrow. All it takes is your involvement. The Live Monarch Foundation charter enables them to directly compensate you for your efforts to collect funds. A full 20% of whatever funds you or your group collects can go directly to you and your community. You will directly impact your local area with the creation of natural butterfly preserves through the placement of suitable plants and specially bred caterpillars and butterflies which will continue their life cycle in your preserve as it is established. Imagine what it would be like for you to personally act to bring butterflies back to your community and create a self-sustaining resource for the enjoyment and enrichment of so many in your area. Please click here for examples of programs in action.
|ONE LAST THING
Hey, you made it all the way down here to the bottom of the page. Here is some extra information...We know Alaska has No Native Milkweed and other growing regions for milkweeds on these maps are subject to variation too. This are just quick guideline maps and we hope you take our advice and do some more research so you can request the type of seed that will do the best for you and your community of fluttering friends. Thanks again for taking the effort to learn and make good choices!
All the best - LMF Staff