'Silky Deep Red' Tropical Milkweed produces eye-catching, red-orange flowers with yellow centers. A valuable source of nutrition for Monarch butterflies, this lush beauty carries an air of exotic mystery when planted as an annual in cooler zones. Young foliage has reddish tones adding to the variety’s distinctive beauty. Flowers from late spring to late fall. (Asclepias curassavica)
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.
AM016215 AM014280 (Plant - 3" Pot) AM015769 (Tray of 16)
Silky Deep Red Tropical Milkweed, Bloodflower
Asclepias curassavica Silky Deep Red
Up to 2" flowers
Estimated Mature Spread
Mid summer to late fall
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the surface after watering in.
Narrow 6" long dark-green lance-shaped leaves.
Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Containers
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