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Asclepias curassavica/Mexican Butterfly Weed

Asclepias curassavica / Asclepias curassavica
Summer bedding plant
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Summer bedding plant

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Red flowering selection

Yellow flowering selection

Orange-yellow flowers

Yellow flowering selection growing in sandy soil

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Scientific Name: Asclepias curassavica
Common Name: Mexican Butterfly Weed
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: to 1 foot
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Various
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Comments: A favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds. A good source of nectar when hummers are migrating. This species is a rather popular bedding plant used for summer flowering. It produces striking orange and red flowers on plants that grow to nearly four feet tall. Variety 'Red Butterfly' produces bright red flowers. Plant in full sunlight and in a well drained soil.