Asclepias cancellata
“Wild Cotton”

Asclepias cancellata "Wild Cotton" Asclepias cancellata "Wild Cotton"

Beautiful, bushy, evergreen & highly drought tolerant, this rare South African “Milkweed” is also a spectacular Monarch Butterfly magnet & host*, & important source of nectar & food for the lovely larvae. Base-branching with strong upright stems & soft-green foliage, it creates a dense & shrubby shape 4’ x 4’. Fragrant white & purple intricately sculptural blooms are held in large 3” pendulous clusters all over the plant. The flowers develop into fluffy seed heads, hence the name “Wild Cotton”. Well-drained soil & some compost for best appearance.


Asclepias cancellata "Wild Cotton"

* 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. Also, to protect Monarchs from disease, cut back your Asclepias cancellata in late Fall.

Low/Avg Water

USDA Zones 8-10