Asclepias curassavica, commonly known as tropical milkweed, is a flowering plant species of the milkweed genus, Asclepias. good luck! I like them both, but they have very different growth cycle and growing habits. The most recent article about the monarch butterfly in the New York Times has once again raised the question of whether we should be planting non-native milkweed. However, once I realized that type of milkweed spreads via runners I dug it out asap. However, you can also dip cuttings in rooting hormone powder and plant them in soil: I love this site Tony! As the other varieties are native/hardy to zone 6. I do not see any aphids at all. Hi Claudia, you can take stem cuttings to propagate new plants. They have purple or red corollas and corona lobes that are yellow or orange. It is important to use not just native milkweeds, but those native to your area. It has lost most of its leaves and has tiny gold bugs all over the flower pods. Study up on the proper milkweed plant for your state. Wet my seeds overnight and plant them in the morning? Great site, lots of information!  It is native to the American tropics and has a pantropical distribution as an introduced species. Research was published in January 2015 detailing how Asclepias curassavica adversely affects monarchs in the southern US. I hope it grows well as an annual .. Chris, this article is based largely on speculation with little science to back it up.  Use of the tropical milkweed in gardens has disrupted monarch migrations notably in California, Texas, Florida, and South Carolina. Thanks. http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2015/01/plan-save-monarch-butterflies-backfires. However, when the stems or leaves are broken, a poisonous milky sap exudes which can cause eye injury. I would like to plant tropical milkweed if you think that is a wise choice for zone 7B in Virginia. I wanted to put in a plug for Asclepias tuberosa hello yellow. At what point should I bring the plants indoors? I thought I read somewhere that’s a good thing to do. Check out suggested milkweed stores and more plant listings below: A. curassavica seeds only need to be soaked in water for 24 hours before planting and no stratification is necessary. Unsure at first, I was disappointed when they didn’t grow much the first year; this second year they’ve gone nuts! Monarchs have their own minds. I live in Wisconsin and each spring I have milkweed in abundance coming up in my garden. Last year I raised and released 135 Monarch with a 100% success rate. Not only does it encourage monarchs to stay in the southern US instead of migrating, but it hosts a protozoan parasite called Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE). Don’t want milkweed all over our property … what should I do. It’s a good idea to gradually introduce plants to full sun by keeping them in shadier parts of the yard first. Hi Linda, we don’t typically get deer in our garden but they have been more interested in swamp and purple milkweed in the past. Hi Allison, A. tuberosa is fine for caterpillars, but not often a preferred host plant for egg laying because of its rough, sapless leaves. It’s still plenty warm sometimes up till October. That would probably be easier this time of year. ( As recommended, we cut back or remove the tropical milkweed before the migratory season.) Hi Don, not that I’m aware of, but a few years ago I didn’t think deer ate milkweed…they most certainly do! I thought that this cannot be true but wanted you to confirm or deny. Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) Quick Facts: Host plant to Monarch and Queen butterflies, nectar to many Annual in most of US, perennial in USDA zones 9-11 Any idea why my plants won’t bloom (remember, the first time there were no aphids, but it still never did anything but put out green growth). Xerces Society Milkweed Seed Finder (25 native species and list of regional suppliers), Monarch Watch Milkweed Market (15 native species and regional maps), Monarch Joint Venture (about 20 native species by region). I have a few that still need homes. But when the card… The soil in my potted milkweed plant never have a chance to dry out. I currently have 8 of the tropical milkweeds in the ground. If my Tropical milkweed does come back in my zone I’ll send you another comment with all my findings in case you want to use it in the plant profile. We need to save entire habitats, not just an individual species. Can I still cold stratify and then harden off for outdoor planting? I’m wondering how a Monarch may locate just the one plant, if we are lucky enough to have any pass through our area. I tried to change the ph of the soil to more acidic also. I live on the north shore of Lake Travis. They’re growing strong and healthy. Thank you. Here is the best method I have found for starting the seeds (I also have another method described below): I have always planted the local varieties, but after watching Jaap de Roode’s talk on TED Talks. I had the same thing happen to me when I bought my plants from Home Depot, except I watched some of my caterpillars die in front of me. I’m in Houston, Texas. So, I will cut them back when they leave in November. Also, the more this plant spreads, the more prevalent it will be and it will not always be cut back. I was wondering about how to over winter them or can I sow seeds directly in spring. I was amazed by the foliage alone and these photos (all mine) show just the start of the vivid summer blossoms. What makes a species “native’? I live in New Zealand. They don’t migrate, or migrate only small distances here. I read conflicting opinions on whether or not A. curassavica is likely to reseed and become an invasive in northern areas. They are wilting badly during the day but perk up in the later afternoon. I am excited it is Tropical! $9.99. Asclepias curassavica (tropical milkweed) is a favorite milkweed plant of both monarchs and butterflies. Now though leaves are rapidly falling off and I’m afraid it will soon be nothing but stem. Most of the time, they don’t stay on the milkweed to do this…. I have a Silky Gold Butterfly flower. I know that they are a tender perennial in my area (zone 7a) and I was wanting to know at what temperatures does the cold start to kill them? I harvested some of my Tropical Milkweed seed pods too early (seeds are white). Try staggering your cuttings (cut back half now, the other half a few weeks later). Hi Dan, sorry to hear you got the wrong seeds…this can typically be avoided by only buying milkweed by botanical name. Hopefully he goes into Chrysalis soon. , Asclepias curassavica is described by NatureServe as a "widespread species, ranging from southern North America through Central America and into South America. I have the pout outside on my porch where it gets plenty of sun and I only water when potting soil is dry, any suggestions? If you’re looking for a California native, you might try tuberosa, but it’s not a preferred milkweed species for laying eggs. Here in Santa Cruz, Tropical milkweed is an annual, it dies back in the winter on its own. You can dig up your plants before your first frost and overwinter them indoors. Otherwise, you can bring in a couple plants and take cuttings to increase your supply: I planted a Tropical Milkweed in full sun (zone 7b, North Georgia). At what time do we have a definitive list and how do we know that many if not most on that list didn’t come from the south. I’ve sprayed with Neem oil extract to fight any insect or fungus attack, and it seems to have slowed the yellowing. good luck! The information tag that came with it, lists it as Butterfly Weed. You can see cuttings photos on this page…you can also use large cuttings if you put them in a bigger container like a gatorade bottle: Do tropical milkweed plants need to be located in close proximity? http://i60.tinypic.com/14l0wao.jpg Do you know what it is and how can I fight it? I am wondering when you usually do your cuttings of the milkweed. Like other members of the genus, the sap is milky. Hi Debbie, I would cut it back. Hope this helps…. The following organizations provide lists of milkweeds and information on local suppliers and regional distribution of milkweed varieties. I have loved these plants and how they blow in the wind and of course, seeing the monarchs and humming birds. I just planted the A. Tuberosa in a large container in my garden and now it looks a little sad. I’m in SoCal. Also, we have viable tropical milkweed in our northern garden for weeks after the monarchs are gone. Hi Tony, I have several tropical milkweed plants in my front flower bed that have always bloomed profusely. As a northern gardener, I repot all our plants in fall to overwinter. It is important to plant only Milkweed species that are native to your area. Can I plant some now to any benefit? Planted my milkweed plants two weeks ago and had my first Monarch today. Hi Jeannie, if the infestation is out of control you can use insecticidal soap, but it must be thoroughly rinsed off before it can be safely used by monarchs. A couple hours later, every single caterpillar had died…. If you have room, you might also consider growing more milkweed. thanks. Leonard. If you want to start early in spring for a longer flowering/seeding period, try spring sowing around the beginning of March: Live in Dallas. Flowering occurs nearly year-round. The article links to helpful sites that can guide you to the correct selection. It has some new growth but looks awful. As soon as I got home, I clipped off a few branches and put them inside my net. The temperatures are still mild (low to mid-60s) and I still see a few monarchs. I spayed again and it seemed to do ok. Now, I’ve seen a monarch everyday laying eggs on it. Beatriz, OE can be spread to monarchs through any variety of milkweed, both native/non-native. There is no conclusive evidence that tropical milkweed is disrupting the migration. As long as your plants were not treated with pesticides they should a fine addition for your butterfly garden, if you cut them back occasionally. Hi Deborah, it’s too late for monarch eggs this season. A large part broke off in the middle of it. They are planted in a large water trough with other blooming flowers which are drawing bees/wasps, etc. I am new to the world of planting milkweed. Asclepias curassavica, commonly called blood flower, is a tender evergreen perennial in the dogbane and milkweed family. Hi Vicki, milkweed seems to thrive in more acidic soil so pine needles should be fine for tropical milkweed, but you might want to mulch one or two first and see how they respond. U inadvertently answered two questions I had about germination and growing from cuttings. The soil is damp so I thing there is enough water. The butterflies are native to NZ, they flew here from the Americas. I did not see any seed formation though, as there were a whole lot of aphids around the flowers all the time. If they have other options available, tuberosa isn’t typically the plant they go for because of the coarse, sapless leaves. Just when I thought (in late September) that I was about done for the season, a couple of mama Monarchs came in and laid more eggs — hence the 18 releases. Showy flowers … What happens over time we discover that these “alarmists” were correct? Due to all the negative posts I have read about Tropical MW, I am relegating it to the far side of the garden. I’ve tried spraying it with water, to no avail. curassavica (L.) Kuntze, Asclepias curassavica, commonly known as tropical milkweed, is a flowering plant species of the milkweed genus, Asclepias. I have successfully raised many monarchs & see more eggs & caterpillars devouring the milkweed plants. I have researched this particular Species of Milkweed and if you wish to help Monarch butterfly populations thrive do not plant this particular milkweed. It will be interesting to see how the plant does over winter here in Sacramento, CA. Is there any pointers on when I should cut back their food source so that I don’t end up negatively impacting monarch migration? Bought two Milkweeds last summer and they have grown great in Brentwood CA (northern CA) and baby milkweeds are everywhere .. For me, they’ve flowered all year long. At its base the branches are very thick, and yes I mean branches! And now I’ve got 4 more 1st & 2nd instars in the house, plus about a half-dozen itty-bitties on the plants outside, which are in varying stages of regrowth. I live in zone 5a and have a Asclepias Curvassavica ‘Silky Gold’ that is a small shrub about 3′ x3′. , There are a number of different cultivars with improved flower colors and shorter habit; some have bright red, yellow or orange colored flowers. In your hot climate, it will probably grow better in partial shade (I would try afternoon shade). I would suggest that would be a good time to cut back tropical milkweed plants. Will the seedlings (5-6 inches tall now) bloom this year, or will they just be host plants for caterpillars among my native milkweeds? That is what we call the Precautionary Principle. Mostly the top of the plant with flowers. I cut one back and potted it and will see if anything different happens in year 2. Just wondering how many months from germination to bloom. Each of the 5 has become a chrysalis, so with luck I’ll have 5 Monarchs to release. Hi Ron! In case it’s helpful, I want to let you know that my milkweed was overrun by aphids despite our best efforts to safely remove them (i.e. This article shares some precautions you can take to help avoid spreading monarch diseases. For obvious stage reasons. Wouldn’t the butterfly’s die if they had to migrate north to freezing temperatures in search of food and new milkweed? congrats on your new seedlings! Can you offer any suggestions on how to control the aphids? I saw a nice amount of monarch’s the last two years, they need a resting spot. It only spreads by seeding, and most of the seeds will die over winter in your region. This evening I spent an hour trying to dig out all the new plants, including taproots that go to China and runners that had already spread 1-2 feet. early May). I inherited 3 caterpillars – I call them small medium and large. Are they fragrant ?? If you have any ideas, I’d welcome your suggestions. Here in New Zealand we rely almost exclusively on Asclepias fruticosa. It is next to a wall in full sun most of the day. Can you tell I’m impatient for it to start growing? Hi Barbara, the caterpillars on your dill were probably eastern black swallowtails, which are often confused for monarchs. Is this about our gardener preferences or about helping the species? I should have plenty of plants by March. TN. Hi I was reading about tropical milkweed and was advised not to plant tropical milkweed because it does not die back in the winter (in the south) and it is increasing the infection rate of OE to the Monarchs? As for getting “real” curassavica, check out the milkweed stores section on my resources page. Hello Tony. I’ve read reports online of people not too far from me also in zone 7a that say their tropical milkweed comes back every year. I’m not sure that starting perennial seeds indoors at this point is a good idea. If you want the monarchs to stop laying eggs, you could pick individual leaves and place them in the refrigerator until you have to rinse them off and serve them. I’m very new to this and I spend all my money on plants and paying a man to put them in the ground or in pots. I have never heard complaints of this, so I’m guessing it’s not a common issue. Is it because growers don’t know Monarch difficulties, or it is easiest to grow? My grandfather gave me some tropical milkweed seeds in a pot a few weeks ago, within a week they sprouted up, now 2 weeks later they are still only an inch tall and seem to stop growing. Thanks! My first large female arrived on Tuesday. Is tropical milkweed seed ready to germinate straight from the pod, or does it benefit from a resting period? I would suggest 4-6 plants minimum…good luck! I want it to flourish. If the seeds are fresh, you should have some success…otherwise, I would try to supplement with a few plants. Hi Emily, I’m in zone 5 too. I have never used this website to promote planting tropical milkweed at the expense of native milkweed, but to use it in combination with natives to support more monarchs throughout the season, which it does. Hi Jan, check out this post: Milkweed diseases. I would just soak the seeds in water 24 hours before planting to soften the seed coat and speed up germination. Hi Ann, this happens a lot in Florida.  Though public concern for the rapidly declining monarch population increased the demand and commercial availability of milkweed among nurseries in the USA, the results have been mixed. Just make sure there are no caterpillars in the new growth before you do so. The plants were quickly stripped of their leaves and the cats grew large. Hi ReBecca, if your tropical is getting full sun consider moving to partial sun. Hi Courtney, you can just keep them in a drawer or cupboard. Under that section more plants/plugs are listed and you can always find tropical milkweed at a good price. The flat seeds have silky hairs that allow the seeds to float on air currents when the pod-like follicles dehisce (split open). It put out a couple nice blooms and the smell was intoxicating. I unsuccessfully started growing Tropical milkweed seed this year with three attempts and the third one finally succeeding. If you try growing it, please keep us posted…. The plant was still in the nursery pot (5 gals), so I repotted in a larger pot. Asclepias curassavica is sometimes used in butterfly gardens (see above for concerns for monarchs) or as a cut flower. Thanks for all you insights. So beautiful. Hi Tony, I’ve got tropical milkweed growing from cuttings last fall. Organizations engaged on conservation of monarch butterflies as well as conservation in general list only native milkweeds. I usually pull out tropical milkweed (in Minnesota) in October. , I just read that tropical milkweed could be a detriment to Monarchs and that native milkweed is the best. Asclepias curassavica milkweed has several common names including Tropical Milkweed, Bloodflower, Scarlett Milkweed, and Mexican butterfly weed. 3 Big Advantages of Winter Sown Milkweed + Winter Sowing Container ideas. Thanks. This year I bought a mesh cage and moved 5 cats inside, along with cuttings of A. Tuberosa in water, which I kept replenishing. Last years raised two Monarchs On Golden Tropical Milkweed in pot, that I brought into living room once they’d gone into chrysalis stage. My message is about attracting and supporting more monarch butterflies (and other pollinators) by diversifying your milkweed offerings….that includes both native and non-native varieties. I do plan to take stem cuttings for overwintering, but I think it would be good to save some seeds for backup. When the stalks get too tall, I cut them back to 12″, and make 3 cuttings from one stalk. I now have almost 60 seedlings in various stages of growth. We have had serious weather conditions all summer. What remains of plant should then should be trimmed back and leaves will grow back in a week or two.....and the cycle begins again. Hi Tony! I look forward to planting them this summer! Good luck and let us know how it works out for you…, I ordered the flame vine from a nursery, it had a couple of blooms on it when it arrived, though they fell off. I should have plenty of leaves and flowers this year. Each seed has a pappus of fine, white silky hairs on one end. I’d take a few minutes to research the two to get more info. Good luck! Does soil in pots need to be changed, new soil? We haven’t had a hard freeze in my area in 10 years. This year I was expecting the plants to return, but it is mid-spring here in NJ, and there is no sign of anything shooting up. And under the circumstances of lost leaves, a pretty good milkweed bug infestation, some aphids and the time of year, if I should just go ahead and cut them back to about 12″ off the ground? The follicles contain tan to brown seeds that are ovate in shape and 6–7 mm (0.24–0.28 in) long. Other common names include bloodflower or blood flower, cotton bush, hierba de la cucaracha, Mexican butterfly weed, redhead, scarlet milkweed, and wild ipecacuanha. Tropical milkweed, including Charlotte’s Blush® and Monarch’s Promise®, grows well in nearly any garden. Will they come back out this winter in the Tampa Bay area? You don’t have to cut down all your plants at once, and can stagger the cuttings so there’ll always be some in case of a milkweed emergency. Asclepias tuberosa, or butterfly weed, is a hardy perennial that blooms summer into fall. I read the leaves of asclepias tuberosa are too tough for the caterpillars. I live in North Texas, 35 miles northeast of Dallas. You might try cutting back some of foliage if it’s not improving. experiences on all sorts of topics, like edible landscaping, monarchs and herbs, blending herbal teas, CBD oil, and more. fascicularis,and showy milkweed, A. speciosa, both natives; and tropical milkweed, A. curassavica, a non-native. I understand that we have over 100 species of milkweed now. I have it quarantined from my other plants but don’t want to spray it and kill my butterfly eggs. Do you think the plants will form seeds by the time I need to move them indoors? I have a beautiful tropical-milkweed plant purchased 6 months ago and live in So.Cal. Will this milkweed die or can I cut the stalk back to a few inches for new growth? Hi Sharon, please read this post for more info: Is Tropical Milkweed Killing Monarch Butterflies? As of Oct. 26, I’ve raised & released 18 gorgeous butterflies — I’m definitely hooked! If you start seeing aphids spot treat them with isopropyl alcohol…either spray them or use a cotton swab: I spray mine with a spray bottle of water and a few drops of Dawn dish soap. I would like to grow Tropical Milkweed in the large pots I have on my patio, Do you think they will flourish in such an environment? Hi Arthur, harvest them when they are cracked open, but before the fluff starts coming out, much easier to harvest then: I have a milkweed plant. Thank you. Stupid question. Yes, tropical milkweed has problems in continuous growing regions because of pathogen build-up on plants. If so, what is the best way to care for them and the best place to plant them in the yard? Turned 20×20 plot into Butterfly Haven & was RICHLY REWARDED. Only the pipevine!! 2 maybe? Following the flowers, spindle-shaped pods 3-4” long are produced. Monarchs do breed in SF…but not this time of the year. You could also winter sow them by planting them directly or keeping them in containers outside: http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/wtrsow/2002050141031613.html, As for cold stratification, all I have ever done is put seeds in the refrigerator for a few weeks. How do I keep them over winter? Hi Amanda, neem oil is an insect growth regulator and can kill caterpillars (keeps them from forming a chrysalis) My advice would be to start growing more milkweed so you’re not dependent on one plant. I just bought some Asclepias Milkweed off the discount rack, they have blooms but look skimpy on the stems though they are tall, not much foliage on them. Should I cut then back or do nothing ? I have been trying to rinse the aphids off under the faucet, wondered if there is a better option. Hi, I just grow them until they root and then plant them in-ground. I have a bag of cubed butternut squash in freezer. A friend told me that she had read that the tropical milkweed would keep the butterflies around for longer than they should stay. Thanks again and keep up the good work! Hi Vikki, I’m surprised it is growing perennially in your region. Should I be cutting down the milkweed earlier? Thank you so much for your help in advance. Hi Joy, tropical milkweed is a great annual choice for butterfly gardens. Here’s the full list: How to Stop Aphids from taking over your Milkweed Plants. Hi Bill, it’s all about supply and demand. Hi Donna, I’ve addressed this misleading article and others in a different post: If I buy seeds now (July 2016) will they grow in the spring of 2017? Plant it in the full sun in moist, fertile, well-drained soil. http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2015/01/plan-save-monarch-butterflies-backfires, This is a link to an article that helped me understand the issue with year round growth of Tropical Milkweed in the warmer states where it does not die back. The plants have grown very large and we continue to have a fair amount of Monarchs. Hi Arthur, if it’s a starter flame vine it may not flower its first season. Hi Arthur, they can seed a lot. $8.58. That kind of stuff can get out of hand in a hurry and I don’t want it in my garden. it’s a popular nectar source for butterflies too. My mom and I both got a milkweed plant to grow in a container. But I am unsure where to plant my Silky Gold. Monarch caterpillars are tolerant of these chemicals—in fact, cardenolides are the very compound that protects the monarch from predation. Mine have done way better in near full sun. We also see the Gulf Fritillary's showing up to feed. If you are planting milkweed for monarchs, they will most likely bypass the plants if there is neem oil on the leaves…. My concern is that I already have problems with aphids, I try and control them by wiping them off the plant, but they are still a problem and I am so fearful of wiping off Lady bug lions and Monarch and other butterfly eggs. if i take cuttings, should i remove the buds and leave the surrounding tiniest leaves? I am still fairly confused by the life cycle of the monarch. I have tried spraying with liquid Seven, and one of the Bayer systemics, but both killed the cuttings as well as the aphids. Thank you so much for the quick response. All of them have “committed suicide” as I call it; they leave the plant at some point and just don’t return. We get far more activity on other natives including common, purple, and swamp. Humans love sugar and processed food but it doesn’t mean that we should be eating it, much less making it this much of a supplement of our diet. Hope this helps! Monarch caterpillars feeding on milkweed. Here’s my milkweed resources page for more info: Thank you! Plants move around, they die out, they come back, they die out again. I live in San Jose, CA and found out that this is zone 9b. Keep in mind, many predators have adapted to the poisonous chemicals in milkweed, so it doesn’t keep them as safe as many people think….this is all milkweed both native and non-native. You could even try putting out “winter sowing” containers in spring since the curassavica seeds don’t need cold moist stratification. Good luck! We have seen several Monarchs landing on the few leaves this past week. I live in michigan 5b. For now, tropical milkweed will remain one of many (both native and non-native) milkweed varieties we grow in our garden. I just wish you would discuss this issue as part of supporting healthy butterfly populations rather than writing it all off as “unsubstantiated”. I have seen this phenomenon in nearby fields and road sides. Many sources state that tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is preferred by Monarch caterpillars due to its tender leaves. I agree with Tony’s comments on the unfounded hype about the so-called non-native species doing harm. I cannot find any other milkweed locally that is not the tropical variety. Should they be cutdown in early fall? The mini-greenhouses should make the seeds germinate faster…two-liter soda bottles make great containers: I have a tropical milkweed and its doing great (I wanted to see how it would do in my garden first before planting more) But I realize that it had a whole bunch of the little yellow aphids I read how to get rid of them but I’m not sure if I have any Caterpillar eggs on my plant yet and I don’t want to destroy them how can I tell if it’s a caterpillar egg??? One plant is just about to flower. First off, I’m not pushing tropical milkweed. 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