Variegated leaves and seed pods make this a first in the world of milkweeds. Charlotte’s Blush® is every bit a tropical milkweed and every bit a magnificent showy garden plant.
Tropical milkweed, including Charlotte’s Blush® and Monarch’s Promise®, grows well in nearly any garden.
Tropical milkweed responds well to pruning and fertilizer. When pruned to 4-5 inches from the bottom of the stem, several stems grow from the pruned stem. This results in more food for Monarch and Queen caterpillars each time it is pruned.
As a focal point in a garden, in a flower pot, this plant will catch everyone’s attention.
As a milkweed, it will catch the attention of Monarch butterflies. Caterpillars will eat this plant as readily as any other tropical milkweed. To the caterpillar, there isn’t a difference between variegated and solid leaf tropical milkweed.
Charlotte’s Blush® will not lose its variegation if planted beside solid green leaved milkweed.
Charlotte’s Blush will be released spring 2016 at www.ButterfliesEtc.com, the website of Shady Oak Butterfly Farm.
Perennial zones: 8-11
Propagation: Prohibited by law
Average soil and water
Bloom color: Depends upon cultivar, from all yellow to orange to red
Leaves: Solid green except for new patented cultivars Charlotte’s Blush and Monarch’s Promise