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Butterfly weed 'Red'  

Asclepias tuberosa

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Belonging to the Asclepias genus (Asclepias tuberosa 'Red'), Red is a variety of Butterfly weed. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Cerise red, and typically produces a medium vanilla or cinnamon fragrance. This variety is a Flower that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Red is known for its Erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.52 metres (4.94 feet). This variety tends to bloom in early summer.

United States is believed to be where Red originates from.

Red Butterfly weed needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Red have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Red

  • Full Sun

  • Very Low

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water very sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Red is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Red are Zone 4 and Zone 9. Planting Red in sandy and loamy soil with a ph of between 4.8 and 6.8 is ideal for as it does best in moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil.

Growing Red from seed

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C / 64°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Red

As Red is hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Red

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by early summer.

Butterfly weed Red Etymology

The genus name asclepias honors the Greek god of medicine Asklepios.

Red folklore & trivia

During WWII the silky part attached to the seeds was used for life jackets.123 Milkweed is more bouyant then cork by 5 or 6 fold.123

Other Names for Butterfly weed 'Red'

Pink milkweed