Noted for its very long blooming season, Asclepias curassavica (Tropical Milkweed) is an upright evergreen sub-shrub boasting eye-catching clusters of orange-red flowers adorned with yellow hoods from early summer to fall. The flowers are a great source of nectar for butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other beneficial insects. The blooms occur on upright stems clad with lance-shaped, fresh green leaves. They give way to long, narrow seed pods in the fall. When the seed pods open, they reveal seeds with long, 3-4 in. (6-10 cm), silvery-white, silky hairs. A great choice for the flower garden and for natural settings. Milkweed plants are critical to the monarch butterflies survival, whose population in North America has plummeted by 90% in the last 20 years. By planting milkweed in your own garden, you can help reverse the fortune of these beautiful insects!
- Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm). Self-seeds profusely in warm winter areas.
- Thrives in full sun in dry to medium well-drained soils.
- Low maintenance, this perennial plant is generally pest and disease free. Deer resistant.
- Perfect for sunny borders, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens and prairies or naturalized areas. Great for containers or as an indoor plant too!
- Propagate by seed, division or basal cuttings.
- All parts, particularly the roots, may cause mild stomach upset if ingested. Plants can be poisonous to livestock
- Native to South America