Vibrant deep red, golden-centered flowers are rich with nectar, drawing in monarch butterflies and other beneficials. This tropical annual milkweed is easy to grow; flowering quickly from seed, blooms the entire season, and makes an excellent cut-flower.
Annual- Perennial, zones 7-10
Germination: 14-30 days
Seed Planting Depth: Sow ⅛-¼” deep
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-10 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-70ºF soil temperatures until germination. Transplant new seedlings into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots/paper pots. This helps reduces root damage wh transplanting. Transplant around the last frost date,12-18” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow outdoors in mid-spring, spacing 3-5 seeds every 12".
Growth Habit: Upright, branching
Height and Width: 36-48” x 12-24"
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average, moist to well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: 90-100 days
Uses: Wildflower and cottage gardens, low wet areas, cut flower, deer resistant, low maintenance, attracts butterflies and beneficials
Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend the soil with compost before transplanting. Deadheading encourages a second bloom and reduces self-seeding.