Red Butterflies Milkweed

Asclepias curassavica 'Red Butterflies'

Clusters of attractive buds open to bright scarlet-red and yellow flowers. This easy care, well-behaved plant needs little attention and provides wonderful color. Tolerates poor, unimproved soils. Ideal for naturalized areas, meadows, and borders. An herbaceous perennial.
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8 - 11

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Full sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationas-KLE-pee-us ku-rah-SAV-ik-uh
LoreAsclepias curassavica is native to South America.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 3 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Poor Soils, Tolerates Wet Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

Thrives in slightly sandy to loamy, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Prune to the base periodically to rejuvenate plant. In harsh winter areas below zone 8, grow in containers and move to a sunny indoor spot before first frost.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8 - 11

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