Asclepias curassavica – ‘Monarch Promise’ Tropical Milkweed
The biggest introduction to the Hort Couture line in 2016 was Asclepias curassavica ‘Monarch Promise’ Tropical Milkweed, an annual milkweed variety with variegated, red-tinted foliage and red and orange flowers. Developed by a Florida butterfly breeder, this delightful milkweed is uniquely stunning with its abundant flowers and elongated, spiked variegated leaves.
‘Monarch Promise’ blooms all summer long and is a magnet to butterflies, hummingbirds and pollinators as well as beneficial insects. Asclepias curassavica also serves as an important food source for developing Monarch larva.
This milkweed is easy to grow and will provide cheerful flowers throughout the summer. Pinching is recommended at transplant to encourage a fuller, more robust plant. ‘Milkweed Promise’ does well in full sun, while partial shade will encourage more lush leaves.
This asclepias is fairly tolerant of a wide range of moistures, however moderate moisture is recommended. ‘Monarch Promise’ is tolerant of drying, but do avoid prolonged dry conditions.
‘Monarch Promise’ is 24-30 inches tall and has a 12-15 inch spread.
Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) is of vital importance and critical to the survival of the Monarch butterfly as the larvae only eat milkweed. Females will search for fresh tender leaves on which to lay their eggs. With habitat loss and the use of pesticides it is has become increasingly difficult for Monarchs to find Asclepias during their spring migration and throughout the summer breeding season, particularly in the Midwest prairies where it once grew in abundance.
All of our plants are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and are safe for developing larvae.