Tropical Milkweed – Asclepias curassavica

Tropical Milkweed is native to the same area of the world where scientists believe Monarch butterflies originated – Mexico! Asclepias curassavica grows quickly and is easy to grow.

Tropical Milkweed Asclepias Curassavica Red, yellow, and orange blooms

Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias Curassavica
Red, yellow, & orange blooms

Tropical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica Monarch laying eggs at Shady Oak Butterfly Farm

Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica
Monarch laying eggs at
Shady Oak Butterfly Farm

Asclepias curassavica "Charlotte's Blush"®  Tropical Milkweed Queen Caterpillar

Asclepias curassavica
“Charlotte’s Blush”®

Tropical Milkweed
Queen Caterpillar

Tropical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica Seed pod burst open

Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica
Seed pod burst open

Tropical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica Three gallon pots

Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica
Three gallon pots

Tropical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica Full growth in six" pot

Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica
Full growth in six” pot

Tropical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica Monarch caterpillar

Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica
Monarch caterpillar orange blooms

Tropical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica Monarch caterpillar yellow buds

Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica
Monarch caterpillar yellow buds

Asclepias curassavica "Charlotte's Blush"®  Tropical Milkweed Propagation Prohibited

Asclepias curassavica
“Charlotte’s Blush”®

Tropical Milkweed
Propagation Prohibited

Red Topical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica

Red Topical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica

This milkweed is a perennial in the south and an annual in the north. Monarch and Queen butterflies make full use of this plant, laying eggs on leaves, blooms, and the stems.

Although the leaves are smaller than many milkweeds, the rate that tropical milkweed grows new stems and leaves makes it a boost for butterfly gardens.

Ideal for growing in pots, tropical milkweed responds well to pruning and fertilization. After leaves are eaten from a stem, trimming the stem back to 4″ will result in several new stems from the initial one stem.

Perennial zones: 8-11

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

Propagation: Seed and stem cuttings

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