Tropical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica Yellow Milkweed Monarch Butterfly Favorite
Yellow flowering Tropical Milkweed is a great plant for butterfly gardens. Asclepias curassavica is a tropical milkweed from South America. This annual milkweed variety produces bright clear, yellow flowers on an easy care plant. The milkweed plant is a host plant for monarch butterflies. Monarchs lay eggs on the undersides of leaves and the young larvae then feed on foliage. Adult monarch butterflies return to sip nectar from the non stop blooms.
***There has been a lot of recent controversy surrounding the tropical milkweeds affecting the health of Monarch Butterflies. In areas where the plants do not die to the ground each winter they can become infected with a fungus that is hazardous to the butterflies. The plants should be pulled each season and started over with fresh plants grown from seed.
This plant is easy to grow from seed. It is winter hardy in zones 9-11 but should be pulled at the end of the growing season. I start seed early in the spring so I have plants ready to go when the weather warms up. I use this plant for my mixed container plantings. It is great for a taller focal point plant in large pots. See third photo. Can grow 3-4 ft. I pinch my growing tips out early in the season for a bushier plant.
Tropical Milkweed blooms continuously through the summer. Hummingbirds also love the flowers. Plants will bloom in partial sun but really thrive in full sun. Can take dry conditions but will always look better with regular watering.
This listing is for 25 seeds fresh from this year's harvest. All seeds come packaged in kraft paper envelope with complete growing instructions. I garden without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
NOTE: Milkweeds are poisonous. Always use caution when planting near pets and children. Some people find the milky sap to be a skin irritant.