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Silky Deep Red Tropical Milkweed

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Overview
'Silky Deep Red' Tropical Milkweed is noted for its long bloom season, producing clusters of orange-red flowers with yellow centers from late spring to fall. This lush beauty carries an air of exotic mystery when planted as an annual in cooler zones, or used as a statement in container gardens. Young foliage has reddish tones adding to the variety’s distinctive beauty. (Asclepias curassavica)
key features
Botanical Name
Asclepias curassavica Silky Deep Red
Advantages
Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant, Container Planting
Growing Zones
Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Mature Height
24-48" tall
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Bloom Time
Mid summer to late fall

Description

Selected for more vibrant color and slightly larger flower clusters than the species, 'Silky Deep Red' Tropical Milkweed provides season-long blooms and lasting color. Flowers are a great source of nectar for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators and beneficial insects. 

In cooler zones, grow as an annual or as a statement in container gardens. In zones 9 and up, tropical milkweeds should not be allowed to overwinter, so cut back the foliage when other milkweeds are naturally senescing. This encourages monarch butterflies to naturally migrate on time, and eliminates the potential for harmful monarch parasites to survive the winter and infect next year's butterfly populations. 

Plants flower best in full sun but tolerate light shade. Like other asclepias, tropical milkweed is resistant to deer and rabbit browsing.