Mexican Butterfly Weed Details

Mexican Butterfly Weed

  • Also Known As: Tropical Milkweed, Blood Flower, Mexican Milkweed, Scarlet Milkweed
  • Botanical Name: Asclepias curassavica
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water Demand: Low
  • Landscape Use: Deer Resistant, Rock Garden
  • Ornamental Value: Orange, Red
  • Native/Adapted: Adapted
  • Wildlife Value: Bees, Birds (specifically Hummingbirds), Butterflies (nectar source and larval food source)
  • Season: Summer, Fall
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
  • Plant Form: Upright
  • Plant Spread: 2'
  • Plant Height: 3'


Excellent for butterflies. Does not like to be transplanted. Protect in winter months.

Perennial Care Guide

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