36-48" tall x 24-36" wide. ‘Silky Deep Red’ Tropical Milkweed has captured the heart of butterfly gardeners. Selected for more vibrant color and slightly larger flower clusters than the species. Showy, season-long blooms provide lasting color and a non-stop resource for monarchs. To provide the best benefit to monarchs, plant tropical milkweed alongside local varieties for a diverse offering of nectar and resources. Though tropical milkweed can perennialize in mild coastal regions, monarchs are best served when gardeners in southern climates (and California) manage plants in a way that supports natural migrations. Remove tropical milkweed late in the growing season when other milkweed species are naturally senescing. This encourages monarchs to move along and eliminates potential over-wintering sites. Plants flower best in full sun but tolerate light shade. Like other species, tropical milkweed is resistant to deer and rabbit browsing.
AM014280 (Plant - 3" Pot)
AM015769 (Tray of 16)
Silky Deep Red Tropical Milkweed, Bloodflower
Asclepias curassavica Silky Deep Red
Up to 2" flowers
Mid summer to late fall
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Narrow 6" long dark-green lance-shaped leaves.
Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Containers, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Southeast, Pacific Northwest
Spring / Summer, Fall
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals|
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|