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Orange Butterfly Flower (Asclepias Curassavica)

Plant Description

Orange Butterfly Flower, awn as Mexican Butterfly Flower, Mexican Milkweed, Tropical Milkweed, Blood Flower, Silkweed, as well as many others! This delightful pond plant brings Monarch Butterflies to your water garden as well as other butterflies, hummingbirds and honey bees. Monarch Butterflies can also lay their eggs on the Orange Butterfly Flower which is a tremendous food source for the hatching caterpillars!  The Orange Butterfly Flower Plant is shrub-like in appearance with pretty flowers in shades of orange, red and yellow. Growing 18 - 30 inches tall in the south, Orange Butterfly Flower grows a little shorter in the north (15 -20 inches). The Orange Butterfly Flower is from the milkweed family and is a perennial evergreen plant in the south. The Orange Butterfly Flower can be overwintered indoors in the north in a south facing window.

Height     Grows 18 - 30 inches in the south, a little shorter in the north

Width       Spreads 12 - 18 inches wide

Sunlight Requirements  Full sun to part shade, does best in full sun

Moisture Requirements  Moist soil to shallow water above the roots in the pond

Zone           Hardy in zones 9 - 11

Planting Instructions

Plant your Orange Butterfly Flower in full sun to part shade (Blooms best in full sun) in moist soil or with up to 2 inches of water above the roots in the pond in full sun to part shade. Grows well in your terrestrial garden as long as you keep the soil evenly moist. Orange Butterfly Flower does great in containers in the pond with up to 2 inches of water above the soil in the container.

 

 

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