High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Silky Deep Red Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Deep Red'
Silky Deep Red Milkweed flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 4 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Blood-flower, Indian Root, Butterfly Weed
Fabulous plant for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds; unusual and showy bicolored five-petaled flowers with bright yellow centers and recurved deep red petals; adapts well to most soil types; readily re-seeds; roots are hardier
Silky Deep Red Milkweed features unusual dark red flat-top recurved flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from mid summer to late fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves emerge red in spring, turning dark green in color the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Silky Deep Red Milkweed is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Silky Deep Red Milkweed is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
Planting & Growing
Silky Deep Red Milkweed will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.