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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.
Mature Plant Size: 30-inches tall x 15-inches wide
Bloom Time: May, June, July, August
Flower Color: Purple, Pink
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Critter Resistance: Deer, Rabbit
Sunlight: Full Sun (6+ hours of direct sunlight)
Overwinter Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Soil Moisture: Moist to Dry
Tolerates: Sandy soil
Fertilizer: When transplanted and then once every Spring