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Red Butterfly Milkweed


Size: Small Size Chart
Pot: Eco Planter
Eco Pot

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  • Pet Warning:Toxic To Ingest

  • Care Level:I'm Easy

The Red Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica 'Red Butterfly') is an annual except in planting zones 9-11. This plant grows three ft. tall and two ft. wide. They are low-maintenance plants that flourish during the growing season and attract many pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It tolerates poor soils and moist or dry soils making them versatile.
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Red Butterfly Milkweed
Red Butterfly Milkweed
About Red Butterfly Milkweed

Striped caterpillars that morph into monarch butterflies are attracted to this plant as a host. These caterpillars have a greater survival rate and less developmental time on A. curassavica than on the more general milkweed.

Care Level: I'm Easy

Easy for beginners

Pet Friendly: Warning

Toxic to pets if ingested.

Origins: South America

South America

Fun Facts: Interestingly muc...

Interestingly much of the plant is turned into useful products. For instance, the silky hairs for the seed pods was once used during World War II to stuff pillows and mattresses. Stalks were turned into paper and muslin since their fiber has tensile strength. Native American Indians used the fiber as ropes and fish nets. Rubber can be made from the latex from the sap of the plant. They has also been used for medicine purposes to heal infections.


Red Butterfly Milkweed

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