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Monarch and Milkweed

The Monarch and Milkweed Project is in full swing once again this year! Our mission is to have Penn Hills join in an effort across North America to plant native milkweed to help the Monarch butterfly reverse it’s severe population decline. This is the only plant that the Monarch caterpillars eat and so it is completely dependent on this plant for it’s survival.

monarch and milkweed

We have 24 volunteers helping to plant and raise 1000 plants of 3 types of milkweed: butterfly weed with bright orange flowers, swamp milkweed with delicate pink flowers and common milkweed with a ball of pink flowers. The plants will be given away to any Penn Hills resident on Saturday May 21 from 1-3 pm at the Penn Hills Community Garden, our sponsor, located at 1162 Jefferson Rd. Please stop by and pick up a few plants to put in your yard. Donations are welcome but not required. Let’s help bring back the Monarchs!


FREE Milkweed Seedlings

Join the effort across North America to bring back the Monarchs!

The Monarch and Milkweed Project, supported by the PHCDC, will be giving away free milkweed seedlings at the Penn Hills Community Garden located at 1162 Jefferson Rd on Sunday, June 4 from 1-3 pm.

A total of 22 have helped us plant and grow 1000 milkweed seedlings in peat pots. As always, we are growing 3 types of native perennial milkweed, one for every type of garden. 

Butterfly Milkweed: 1-3' high, bright orange flowers, grows best in full sun with good drainage. Does not transplant well so leave it undisturbed once established.


Swamp Milkweed: 3-4' high, pink flowers, grows best in full to part sun in wet or average garden soils. An unattractive name for a beautiful plant!


Common Milkweed: 3-4' high, pink flowers and large seed pods, grows best in full sun with good drainage. It will spread by rhizomes so plant itwhere it has room to spread.