Asclepias curassavica 'Wildfire'
Wildfire Milkweed flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 4 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 8b
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 orange-red petals; adapts well to most soil types; readily re-seeds; roots are hardier
Wildfire Milkweed features unusual red flat-top recurved flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from mid to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves emerge red in spring, turning dark green in color with hints of brick red the rest of the year.
Wildfire Milkweed is an herbaceous evergreen perennial 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;
Wildfire Milkweed is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
Planting & Growing
Wildfire 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. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.
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 may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. 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.