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
|Estimated Mature Spread|
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
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Containers
Southeast, Pacific Northwest
Spring / Summer, Fall
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals|
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|