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Asclepias curassavica (Milkweed, Tropical)

Milkweed, Tropical

Bloodflower

Asclepias curassavica

Native to Mexico, the Tropical Milkweed has easily adapted to the southern United States. One of the most popular perennials in any garden for attracting Monarch caterpillars that later become Monarch butterflies.

Milkweed has striking clusters of flowers ranging from scarlet red, orange, to yellow. They appear spring to fall, enjoying full sun to part shade. Although the blooms are highly attractive, the main reason to grow Milkweed is to attract Monarch caterpillars in abundance, which will consume the majority of the foliage. Simply cut back the plant when it's ravaged, and it will return and rebloom.

Aphids can be a serious pest infestation. Luckily enough, aphids can be sprayed off with a hose, or killed with soapy water solutions.

Butterfly Plant
Blooming Perennial

Flower Color:

Scarlet, Red, Yellow

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Height

36-48 Inches

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Spread

36- Inches

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Asclepias curassavica

Aphids love Milkweed

Interesting Notes


USDA Hardiness Zone 8b

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Item Description
MIL-TRO-01 MILKWEED, TROPICAL View Current Crop Photo

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
High
Exposure
Full Sun to Part Shade
Full Sun
Habit
Perennial
Water Needs
Low