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Item ID: 118
Genus: Asclepias
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Asclepias curassavica
“Bloodflower”/ “Mexican Milkweed”

Asclepias curassavica “Bloodflower”/ “Mexican Milkweed” Asclepias curassavica “Bloodflower”/ “Mexican Milkweed”

Another common name of this plant could easily be “Butterfly Magnet” - grow it & they will come! A MUST for any habitat garden, it’s colorful, beautiful, & easy, a source of nectar for many butterflies & other beneficial insects, & also a critical larval food source for our beloved Monarchs. Growing from 3-4’ tall & wide, A. curassavica is imbued with noxious poisons in all parts of the plant. Monarch larvae ingest these poisons & store them within their bodies, so that as butterflies are unpalatable to birds & other predators. Evergreen in mild climates, & becoming shrub-like if not cut down by cold, this Asclepias easily reseeds & blooms throughout the year with red, orange, & yellow blooms in clusters. These are especially cheerful in the winter, & often this plant will be flowering even when nothing else is! Aphids are easily attracted to this plant, but don’t seem to harm its health, & can be blasted off with water. Poor soil is OK.

NOTE: Due to CA agricultural regulations, we are required to treat all Asclepias plants with BT, a non-toxic and naturally occurring biological larvicide, to help combat the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). If you are planning to introduce Monarch caterpillars to this plant, we recommend letting it establish for one season before doing so.

Pt.Sun/Full Sun
Low-Avg.Water

Perennial
USDA Zones 8-11

Item ID: 118
Genus: Asclepias
Plant Lists: Deer Resistant, Bee Plants, Summer bloomers, Clay Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Reseeders, Hot and Dry Climates, Long Blooming, Plants For Cutting, Wild Life, Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Great For Shade
Plant Type: Flowering