“Bloodflower”/ “Mexican Milkweed”
What a Butterfly magnet - grow it & they will come! A MUST for any habitat garden, growing to 4’ tall and wide, it’s colorful, beautiful and easy - plus a source of nectar for beneficial insects and a critical larval food source for our beloved Monarchs*, containing toxins that, when ingested by the larvae, make the mature Monarch completely unpalatable to birds and other predators. Evergreen and shrubby in mild, this Asclepias easily reseeds and blooms throughout the year. In Winter, it is often the only plant that will be flowering!** Aphids are attracted to this plant, but don’t seem to harm its health and can be blasted off with water. Poor soil is okay with good drainage!
* If you are planning to introduce Monarch caterpillars to this plant, we recommend letting it establish for one season before doing so.
The plant - and the caterpillars will thank you!
** To protect Monarchs from infectious parasites, cut back your Asclepias currasavica in late Fall. This will also promote a healthier plant next season.