Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. Bloom the first year and can be planted anytime after last frost. The sap is clear, which is unique among the many kinds of milkweeds. Aiolos Hyacinth. Common milkweed exists over much of the United States, while butterfly weed grows mainly east of the Rocky Mountains. Butterflies can’t resist this evergreen perennial. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation. Other Names:  Blood-flower, Indian Root, Butterfly Weed, Fabulous plant for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds; unusual and showy bicolored five-petaled flowers are bright gold with recurved scarlet-orange petals; adapts well to most soil types. An interesting and The flowers are a great source of nectar for butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other beneficial insects. This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation. Butterfly weed is appropriately named, as the nectar- and pollen-rich flowers attract hummingbirds and hordes of butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects throughout the blooming season. There are 5 separate sepals (petal-like leaves) and 5 fused petals. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition. Showy, season-long blooms provide lasting color and a non-stop resource for monarchs. Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a native herbaceous perennial whose main virtue is its appeal to butterfliesespecially the monarch, which deposits its eggs on the milkweed. Butterfly milkweed root was also chewed and placed on wounds, or dried, pulverized, and blown into wounds. The cultivar ‘Red Butterfly’ of Indian butterfly weed are vigorous growers with brightly colored flower clusters in red, yellow that are darker than average. Equally suited to highbrow beds and borders. If you mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Live Monarch - 2020 Seed Campaign, PO BOX 1339, Blairsville, GA 30514, the foundation will send back 15 butterfly garden seeds, including milkweed, for free. It has no significant negative characteristics. Red Butterfly Milkweed is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Deep Red' Bearing rich, red-orange and yellow blooms, this tropical milkweed blooms until frost (or throughout the year in tropical regions). The stems and lea… The Omaha tribe used butterfly milkweed medicine for rites belonging to the Shell Society. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Other Names:  Blood-flower, Indian Root, Butterfly Weed, Fabulous plant for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds; unusual and showy bicolored five-petaled flowers are bright gold with recurved scarlet-orange petals; adapts well to most soil types. Tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is a showstopper. It is native to the American tropics and has a pantropical distribution as an introduced species. Bloodflower, Red Butterfly Milkweed, Scarlet Milkweed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. According to an ARS and Iowa State University study of nine milkweed species native to Iowa, female monarch butterflies laid eggs in all nine milkweeds, but the swamp and common milkweed averaged the highest number of eggs. Other common names include bloodflower or blood flower, cotton bush, hierba de la cucaracha, Mexican butterfly weed, redhead, scarlet milkweed, and wild ipecacuanha. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. $12.95. If you include a donation for the foundation along with your envelope, they’ll provide you with 50 seeds for every dollar you donate. $11.65. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat. The flowers are excellent for cutting. When the caterpillars hatch, they feed on the leaves of milkweed. Today, several clumps of milkweed shot up out of the ground where I grew last year’s “tropical milkweed”, so it’s obviously not tropical milkweed(I live in zone 5). 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