Asclepias curassavica 'Red Butterfly' has showy clusters of red blooms with yellow-orange centers that are produced all summer to hard frost. Commonly referred to as Tropical Butterfly Weed, this perennial will attract butterflies and hummingbirds galore and its leaves are used as food by larval Monarch butterflies. This plant is usually not perennial in the U.S., but it will self-sow if some seedpods are left late in the season. Tropical Butterfly Weed prefers sun and moist, well-drained soil but will tolerate drier soils once established.
* As of June 1st these plants have been treated with a systemic pesticide in accordance with the USDA required Japanese Beetle Harmonization Plan. The pesticide is not a neonicotinoid, but if you plan on hosting any insects or insect larvae with these plants please keep them quarantined for at least 3 weeks. This will give the systemic pesticide sufficient time to move through the plant’s root and foliar system, after which they will be safe host plants. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at 1-804-746-7092.