Monday, December 26, 2011

Monday close-up - Tropical Milkweed

Mexican Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)

This easy to grow perennial (or annual in colder zones)  is a must-have for butterflies, it is a host plant for the Monarch butterfly.


  1. So that is what they eat when they leave here for warmer climates. It has a prettier flower. Our milkweed is not as pretty, but the caterpillars don't seem to care. Glad they have a colorful counterpart.

  2. Beautiful! I don't have any milkweed in my garden, but need to get some. Didn't realize how very pretty they could be!

  3. most of the time the plant is actually looking pretty weedy, and when the caterpillars are munching on it, it is best to hide them in the back of the flowerbeds ;)