Plant Care Asclepias Curassavica

Asclepias Curassavica

3.7 out of 5 (3 experiences)

Asclepias Curassavica has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Asclepias Curassavica has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Tropical Milkweed, Tropical Milkweed, Bloodflower, Blood flower, Cotton bush, Hierba de la cucaracha, Mexican butterfly weed, Redhead, Scarlet milkweed and Wild ipecacuanha


Gymnema sylvestre

How to care for Asclepias Curassavica

💦 Water

How often to water your Asclepias Curassavica

Water needs for Asclepias Curassavica
0.5 cups
every 9

Asclepias Curassavica needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Asclepias Curassavica

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Tropical Milkweed in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Asclepias Curassavica: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Asclepias Curassavica may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Asclepias Curassavica in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Asclepias Curassavica

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Asclepias Curassavica: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Asclepias Curassavica after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Asclepias Curassavica is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Tropical Milkweed →

Common Tropical Milkweed Problems →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Asclepias Curassavica is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Tropical Milkweed Toxicity to Cats →

Tropical Milkweed Toxicity to Dogs →

Tropical Milkweed Toxicity to Humans →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Asclepias Curassavica grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Tropical Milkweed →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Asclepias Curassavica can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Tropical Milkweed Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Asclepias Curassavica

Asclepias Curassavica

Asclepias Curassavica

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Asclepias Curassavica has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Asclepias Curassavica has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Asclepias Curassavica has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Asclepias Curassavica has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Asclepias Curassavica has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
@Victorious avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
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Start your own butterfly garden with this milkweed. Great beginner starter plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@Victorious avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 365 XP

Butterfly attracted! Great to start your own butterfly garden. So many caterpillars. Easy to grow and care. Our pollinators will thank you!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Christine avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 72 XP
globe Miami, FL


Fast grower Fast grower

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