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Silky Gold Milkweed

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold'

An exotic yellow variety of tropical milkweed from South America. Large clusters of golden yellow flowers are displayed against yellow-green foliage. This easy care plant mixes beautifully with other tall perennials and is ideal for naturalized areas, meadows, and borders. An herbaceous perennial.
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Full sun, Partial 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 flowers are nectar-rich and the leaves are an important food source for Monarch caterpillars. Many sources state that tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is preferred by Monarch caterpillars due to its tender leaves.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
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.
Companion PlantsConeflower (Echinacea); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Trumpet Vine (Campsis); Bee Balm (Monarda)

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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