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Asclepias Solanoana is a rare but spectacular milkweed that sprawls out across the ground as it grows. It is a native to the serpentine talus slopes in California. The goregous flowers start out as red and then open to a pink color with golden tips. This is a host plant for the Monarch butterflies. Other pollinators enjoy its nectar as well.
Common Names: serpentine milkweed, butterfly weed
Californica 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.
Bloom Time: June, July, August
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Flower Color: Pink, Red, White
Mature Plant Size: 4-inches tall x 20-inches wide
Foliage Color: Green
Critter Resistance: Deer, Rabbit
Light Level: Full Sun (6+ hours of direct sunlight)
Overwinter Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Soil Moisture: Moist to Dry
Fertilizer: When transplanted and then once every Spring