Silky Gold Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold'
Full sun, Partial sun
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||as-KLE-pee-us ku-rah-SAV-ik-uh|
|Lore||Asclepias 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 Maturity||Quickly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Rustic, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Mass Planting, Urban Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Poor Soils, Tolerates Wet Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Coneflower (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