Botanical Name: Asclepias curassavica ‘Butterfly Red’
Common Name: “Scarlet Milkweed”
Height: 2 to 3 Feet
Spread: 1.5 to 2 Feet
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Small but very showy flowers with reflexed scarlet-red petals crowned with golden-yellow coronas open in loose, flattened clusters during the summer and into the fall if regularly deadheaded. Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, and other nectar-imbibing creatures. Used as a host plant by both Monarch and Queen Butterflies. Best in sunnier sites with moist but well-draining soil. This tropical perennial is grown as an annual in more temperate climes.