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Asclepias, Red Butterfly
Fiery orange-scarlet flowers.
Unusual clusters of fiery orange-scarlet flowers attract butterflies all summer until frost. Plants thrive in hot weather. GARDEN HINTS: In milder areas, sow directly outdoors after all danger of frost. For flower arranging, cut when blooms are 2/3 open.
Sow in full sun after danger of frost, or in late summer 12 weeks before ground freezes. Sow seeds evenly and thinly and cover with 1/4" of fine soil. Firm lightly; keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days. Since asclepias has bitter taproots, it is best to leave the plants undisturbed once they are established. Deadhead asclepias to promote reblooming. Propogate by seeds Sown in early spring. Set in a cold frame or protected area indoors.
Asclepias grows well with coreopsis, daylilies, achillea and ornamental grasses. This flower is also a must-have for any butterfly garden.