Pollination Information Station
How to Register Your Garden
It’s easy! You’ll need to estimate your garden size, provide a rough address for the national map*, and create a name for your garden!
Just follow the instructions on the Pollinator Partnership website.
And be sure to mark NAZPHI as “Your Organization/Partnership Affiliation” (27 Oct: not available at this time but we are working on getting NAZPHI listed again)
*If it won’t take your address, just use Google Street View to estimate it.
Where to Find Arizona-Native Milkweeds
Native milkweed is vital to the survival of monarch butterflies, but not always easy to find! Planting native varieties ensures better health of your plants as well as the monarchs who eat them. Below are milkweeds from all across Arizona. Those listed as being native to the low desert may also grow in micro-climates within the high desert, and vice versa. If you are using one that is not strictly native to your area, be cognizant of where you plant it.
This section will be updated as new information becomes available (7/2017). If your company sells native milkweed and is not yet listed, please let me know at NAZPollinators@gmail.com.
Before buying milkweeds anywhere, check the prices and availability with AZ Milkweeds for Monarchs.
P denotes plant availability; S denotes seeds. Asterisk (*) indicates native to AZ high desert
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) -Flagstaff Native Plant & Seed, Flagstaff, AZ (P & S) -Warner’s Nursery & Landscape Co., Flagstaff, AZ (P) -Signature Botanica, Morristown, AZ (P)
Asclepias subverticillata* (Horsetail Milkweed) -Flagstaff Native Plant & Seed, Flagstaff, AZ (P) -Signature Botanica, Morristown, AZ (P)
Asclepias speciosa* (Showy Milkweed) -Flagstaff Native Plant & Seed, Flagstaff, AZ (P & S)
Asclepias asperula* (Antelope Horns/Spider Milkweed) -Signature Botanica, Morristown, AZ (P)
Asclepias linaria (Pine-needle Milkweed) -The Arboretum at Flagstaff (limited availability) (P)
Other Native species These may become commercially available in the future, or you might see them in the wild. I am aware of some being cultivated not-for-sale, and will update if they become available.
Asclepias nyctaginifolia* (Mojave Milkweed) Asclepias engelmanniana* (Engelmann’s Milkweed) Asclepias oenotheroides* (Zizotes Milkweed) Asclepias latifolia* (Broadleaf/Popcorn Milkweed)
If you want a specific species but are not able to find it, please let us know and we will try to help you get it. You can leave a comment on this website, message us on Facebook, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing milkweed from seeds
It is also possible to gather seeds and grow them yourself! This is ideal for varieties you can’t find, or for expanding your garden year after year. First, be sure you have permission to gather seeds from the plants you have your eye on. Then, harvest some ripe seed pods and check out the Southwest Monarchs article here for planting tips:
Milkweed information sourced from: https://www.swmonarchs.org/startingseeds.php
More info on AZ milkweed: https://www.azmilkweedsformonarchs.org/
Choosing Pollinator-Friendly Plants:
Plants for Enhancing Pollinator Habitat in Arizona, NRCS Resource:
Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education (SARE)
Selecting Plants for Pollinators, A regional guide for farmers, land managers and gardeners in the Colorado plateau semidesert providence (check out page 10!)
Buyers Bee-ware: Municipal Purchasers’ Guide to Protecting Pollinators
What’s in our Seed Packets?
Our FREE seed packets include hard-to-find native milkweed, beautiful native wildflowers, and other flowering plants. These species are hand-picked by the Arboretum at Flagstaff to attract, nourish and host pollinators like bees and butterflies! The full list is below:
Asclepias speciosa – showy milkweed
Asclepias subverticillata – horsetail milkweed
Brickellia grandiflora – tasselflower brickellbush
Cirsium wheeleri – Wheeler’s thistle
Coreopsis tinctoria – tickseed
Delphinium geraniifolium – Clark Valley larkspur
Ericameria nauseosa – rabbit brush
Erigeron subtrinervis – three nerve fleabane
Gaillardia aristata – blanket flower
Linum lewisii – blue flax
Machaeranthera canescens – hoary tansyaster
Monarda fistulosa – wild bergamot
Penstemon strictus – Rocky Mountain penstemon
Ratibida columnifera – Mexican hat
Rudbeckia laciniata – cutleaf coneflower
Solidago velutina – goldenrod
Verbena macdougalii – McDougal’s verbena
Cirsium arizonicum – AZ thistle
Coreopsis tinctoria – Tickseed
Linum lewisii – Blue flax
Asclepias subverticillata – Horsetail milkweed
Penstemon strictus – Rocky Mountain penstemon
Verbena macdougalii – Macdougal’s verbena
Helianthus annuus – Sunflower
Asclepias speciosa – Showy milkweed
Ericameria nauseosa – Rabbit brush
Solidago velutina – Golden rod
Cleome serrulata – Bee Plant
Gaillardia – Blanket flower
Ratibida – Mexican hat