Welcome butterfly lovers!
Douglas-Michel Butterfly Plants is dedicated to providing quality Asclepias or milkweed seeds that are essential for the survival of the Monarch butterfly. Milkweeds are host plants for Monarch butterflies; i.e. milkweed is the plant the Monarchs use for egg laying. The egg hatches after three days and begins to eat the milkweed leaves which provide the needed nutrition and protection for the caterpillars. Eventually the caterpillar becomes a chrysalis, (sometimes confused with a cocoon, which is for a moth) and then eventually emerges as a beautiful monarch butterfly.
The whole life cycle of the Monarch butterfly; is therefore, interdependent on the availability of milkweed. So much so, that the Monarch butterfly, as a species, cannot survive without milkweed.
Douglas Michel Butterflyplants specializes in providing the seeds for milkweeds, including Asclepias curassavica "Silky Gold", "Silky Deep Red" and "Red Butterfly", Asclepias speciosa "Showy milkweed", Asclepias fruticosa (Swan Plant) and Asclepias physocarpa (Blowfish tree).
. All of our seeds are PESTICIDE FREE.
We do not provide Monarch butterfly eggs or caterpillars.
We are located 3.5 miles west of Aromas
, California in Monterey
County, the agriculture belt of the Central Coast. Our
farm is on 3.5 acres overlooking Watsonville,California,
which is 6 miles west of Aromas.
To get our exact location, you can click on the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau web site Country Cross Roads and Click on the interactive map and search for butterfly products. We are farm bureau member no. 168.
In the event you are near the following locations, you may also purchase
Douglas Michel milkweed seeds packets from Natural Bridges State Park Interpretation Center in Santa Cruz, California, the Museum of Natural History in Pacific Grove, Ca, Coyote Hill Regional Park in Fremont, Ca. and at Pismos Beach State Park, Pismo, Ca. Your purchase at these locations also serves to support the fine work that they do in preserving the enviornment.