Also known as Bloodflower, Swallow Wort, or Scarlet Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica is an attractive plant that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Reddish-orange flowers appear in mid June and last into October. Milkweed is fairly drought tolerant as well as deer tolerant. This pretty plant grows to about 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide. Plant in full sun. In cooler midwest climates, this plant is often used as an annual, but in So Cal, this is an evergreen perennial! Native to South Africa but has naturalized in many temperate climates around the globe. USDA Zones 9-11.
Sun Exposure: Full Sun (6+ Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Water Needs: Low/moderate
Bloom Season: Summer
Mature Height: 2-3'
Mature Width: 2-3'
Attributes: Drought Tolerant, Xeriscape, Southwestern Garden, Mediterranean & Tuscan Garden, Tropical Garden
Proper planting technique will help your plants thrive! Follow these simple steps to help your plants establish quickly, develop a strong root system, and live longer:
- Properly dig the hole
- Amend the soil to suit each particular plant
- Place the plant and backfill the soil
- Provide ample water for each particular plant
- Review our how to plant guide!
For detailed information, please download our planting guides:
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