'Silky Deep Red'
A new, deep red form of Asclepias curassavica or “Butterfly Milkweed”. Super EASY to grow, very branching to 30” tall and topped Spring thru Summer with long-lasting, 3-4” clusters of scarlet flowers. Monarch butterflies can sense these plants a mile away and use them to lay their eggs on. Soon you will see very cool, rapidly growing, yellow, black and white striped caterpillars munching on the leaves. Next, they’ll form their stunning chrysalises ringed around the top with dots of glistening gold. Two weeks later and voila! Butterflies! Mother Nature will smile on you. Average to rich soil is good. Not fussy about watering and rather drought tolerant. Deer resistant, too!
PLEASE BE ADVISED - Due to CA agricultural regulations, we’re required to treat all plants, including Asclepias, plants with BT (a non-toxic, naturally occurring biological larvicide) to help combat the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). BT is toxic to caterpillars. If you plan to introduce Monarch caterpillars to this plant, we recommend letting it establish for one year before doing so to ensure it is large enough to provide sufficient food and the BT has had time to wear off.
**To protect Monarchs from infectious parasites, cut back your Asclepias currasavica in late Fall. This will also promote a healthier plant next season.