Asclepias curassavica – ‘Monarch Promise’ Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica – ‘Monarch Promise’ Tropical Milkweed

Monarch Promise is a special Asclepias curassavica with beautiful green and white variegated foliage that is tinged with red, orange and pink leaf tips. The bright orange-red flower attracts Monarch butterflies and many other species of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

Monarch Promise is great to use in the landscape or in container gardens to bring life to your patio, not only for its amazing color but to attract butterflies. It is a tropical milkweed, so it grows best in warmer temperatures.

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Asclepias curassavica – Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica – Tropical Milkweed

Tropical Milkweed, also known as Blood flower, is a tender evergreen perennial in the dogbane and milkweed family. It is native to South America, but has naturalized worldwide in many tropical and subtropical areas. It has a much longer flowering period than the perennial milkweeds that are winter hardy in Michigan. Showy red-orange flowers bloom late spring through late autumn except in USDA Zones 9-11 where it is winter hardy. Grows best in light, rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Will tolerate light shade and some soil dryness.  Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees are attracted to the flowers. Monarch butterflies lay eggs on this plant and the resulting larvae (caterpillars) use the plant leaves as a food source. Flowers are followed by long, narrow seed pods (3-4” long) which split open when ripe releasing silky tailed seeds for dispersal by wind. Stems and leaves exude a milky sap when cut or bruised. Plants can be poisonous to livestock. Consider wearing gloves when working with these plants because the milky sap is poisonous if ingested and can be toxic to human skin.

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Helichrysum thianschanicum  ‘Icicles’
Helichrysum thianschanicum ‘Icicles’

Host Plant – American Painted Lady

Icicles Licorice Plant’s attractive tomentose needle-like leaves remain grayish green in color with hints of silver throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

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Passiflora Incarnata x cinnicata ‘Incense’
Passiflora Incarnata x cinnicata ‘Incense’

‘Incense’ Passionflower is a perennial climbing vine with three lobed leaves and very large and showy purple flowers over a long period in warm weather. It is a hybrid between our native Passiflora incarnata and the South American Passiflora cincinnata. It produces few fruit. A serious “attention grabber” when in flower.  It climbs by tendrils so plant on ample support in sunny location with good soil.

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