Hirtella Asclepias produce clusters of low-growing stems with light pinkish-purple flowers that the Monarch butterfly and other pollinators love. This variety needs well-drained, dry soils to thrive. It is also a variety with a dense coating of hairs that leave the stems looking white. As the hairs fall off, they turn greenish in color. Brachystephana is a native in the southwestern United States.
Common Names: bract milkweed, desert-rose milkweed, butterfly weed
Brachystephana Asclepias Plant Care Instructions: Keep the plant well-watered for the first 3-4 weeks after transplanting. After that, only water if the plant starts looking droopy. Deadheading the first flush of flowers promotes additional blooms. If you don't want the plant to self-seed, remove all flowers once they are finished blooming. Plants can be cut back to the ground once they drop their leaves. Spring is a good time to fertilize.
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