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Plant milkweed for monarchs

Friday, July 22, 2022 by Elizabeth Pagano

This week brought the depressing news that monarch butterflies are now an endangered species, with estimates that their population has declined between 22 percent and 72 percent over the past decade (depending on how it is measured). Those looking for a way to help are encouraged to add native, butterfly-friendly plants to their landscapes and native milkweed, which is crucial to the monarch life cycle. The butterflies lay their eggs on Texas milkweeds during their spring migration north. More information about milkweed cultivation in Central Texas can be found at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Project Milkweed.

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