Miami Soil and Water Conservation District Seeking Milkweed Seed Pod Donations

Provided by Miami Soil and Water Conservation District

MIAMI COUNTY - Due to their value as pollinators and in an ongoing effort to restore monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) populations, the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI) and local Soil & Water Conservation Districts like Miami SWCD are once again seeking public involvement to collect common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) seed pods from established plants September 1-October 30.

The seeds will be used to establish new plantings and additional habitat for the monarch butterfly throughout Ohio. 

Seed pods from the common milkweed should be collected only when the pods are brown-grey in color and when the center seam pops with gentle pressure. Seeds in green pods will not be viable and cannot be used. We appreciate your enthusiasm, but please do not pick too soon! If possible, use a brown paper bag or cardboard box. Plastic bags may entrap moisture. 

Because of COVID-19, you may leave your collections under the small porch at the front door of our office at 1330 N. County Road 25-A, Troy.

Please call Linda with any questions at (937) 335-7645.