The Swan Plant
- what a great host!
WARNING: Swan plants are poisonous! Don’t eat them unless you are a caterpillar.
Plant one in your garden for the monarch butterflies to lay their eggs on. Tiny caterpillars soon hatch from the eggs and get fatter and fatter as they eat the leaves. Watch as they transform into chrysalises and emerge as beautiful butterflies. It’s amazing! Swan plants are available at your Go Gardening centre, or you could try growing some from seed (tip: remove the eggs off tiny seedlings so they have a chance to grow bigger before the caterpillars gobble them up!) For lots of butterflies, grow lots of swan plants! Scientists reckon there are between 15,000 and 20,000 varieties of butterfly and one of our favourites is the Monarch. The Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust is an organisation that helps protect our butterflies. Look at their website for more tips. www.monarch.org.nz