“Bloodflower”/ “Mexican Milkweed”
A MUST for any habitat garden - growing to 4’ tall & wide, it’s colorful, beautiful & EASY - plus a source of nectar for beneficial insects & a critical larval food source for our beloved Monarchs. Evergreen & shrubby. Bold red-orange & yellow flowers bloom throughout the year! Reseeds for freebies! Aphids are attracted to this plant, but don’t seem to harm its health & can be blasted off with water. Poor soil is okay with good drainage!
*Due to CA agricultural regulations, we’re required to treat Asclepias plants with BT, a non-toxic, naturally occurring biological larvicide, to help combat the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). Effects can last up to 2 weeks after application. If you are planning to introduce Monarch caterpillars to this plant, we recommend letting it establish for one season before doing so to ensure it is large enough to provide sufficient food.
**To protect Monarchs from infectious parasites, cut back your Asclepias currasavica in late Fall. This will also promote a healthier plant next season.