Charlotte’s Blush Tropical Milkweed – Asclepias curassavica Charlotte’s Blush

Variegated leaves and seed pods make this a first in the world of milkweeds. Charlotte’s Blush® is every bit a tropical milkweed and every bit a magnificent showy garden plant.

Tropical Milkweed Charlotte's Blush® Asclepias Curassavica Variegated leaves

Tropical Milkweed
Charlotte’s Blush®

Asclepias Curassavica
Variegated leaves

Tropical Milkweed Charlotte's Blush® Asclepias Curassavica Variegated seed pod

Tropical Milkweed
Charlotte’s Blush®
Asclepias Curassavica

Variegated seed pod

Tropical Milkweed Charlotte's Blush® Asclepias Curassavica White Cream Green Pink Fushia

Tropical Milkweed
Charlotte’s Blush®
Asclepias Curassavica

White Cream Green Pink Fushia

Tropical Milkweed Charlotte's Blush®  With pink in leaves

Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica
Charlotte’s Blush®

With pink in leaves

Tropical Milkweed Charlotte's Blush® Monarch laying eggs

Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica

Charlotte’s Blush®
Monarch laying eggs

Tropical Milkweed Charlotte's Blush®  Without pink in leaves

Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica
Charlotte’s Blush®

Without pink in leaves

Tropical milkweed, including Charlotte’s Blush® and Monarch’s Promise®, grows well in nearly any garden.

Tropical milkweed responds well to pruning and fertilizer. When pruned to 4-5 inches from the bottom of the stem, several stems grow from the pruned stem. This results in more food for Monarch and Queen caterpillars each time it is pruned.

As a focal point in a garden, in a flower pot, this plant will catch everyone’s attention.

As a milkweed, it will catch the attention of Monarch butterflies. Caterpillars will eat this plant as readily as any other tropical milkweed. To the caterpillar, there isn’t a difference between variegated and solid leaf tropical milkweed.

Charlotte’s Blush® will not lose its variegation if planted beside solid green leaved milkweed.

Charlotte’s Blush will be released spring 2016 at www.ButterfliesEtc.com, the website of Shady Oak Butterfly Farm.

Perennial zones: 8-11

Propagation: Prohibited by law

Full sun

Average soil and water

Height: 4′

Bloom color: Depends upon cultivar, from all yellow to orange to red

Leaves: Solid green except for new patented cultivars Charlotte’s Blush and Monarch’s Promise

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