“Bloodflower”/ “Mexican Milkweed”
A MUST for any habitat garden - growing to 4’ tall and wide, it’s colorful, beautiful and EASY - plus a source of nectar for beneficial insects and a critical larval food source for our beloved Monarchs. Evergreen and shrubby. Bold red-orange and yellow flowers bloom throughout the year! Reseeds for freebies! Aphids are attracted to this plant, but don’t seem to harm its health and can be blasted off with water. Poor soil is okay with good drainage!
PLEASE BE ADVISED - Due to CA agricultural regulations, we’re required to treat all plants, including Asclepias, plants with BT (a non-toxic, naturally occurring biological larvicide) to help combat the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). BT is toxic to caterpillars. If you plan to introduce Monarch caterpillars to this plant, we recommend letting it establish for one year before doing so to ensure it is large enough to provide sufficient food and the BT has had time to wear off.
**To protect Monarchs from infectious parasites, cut back your Asclepias currasavica in late Fall. This will also promote a healthier plant next season.