I spent money on an annual in July. Why would I?
Because it had variegated leaves and a promise.
‘Monarch Promise’ is its hybrid name. Asclepias curassavica is its scientific name.
I wait patiently for Monarch butterflies every summer.
I am lucky if I see one.
I have other types of milkweed, but this one is special. The bloom colors are also two-toned.
My big surprise was that the pods were also striped.
I will be saving these seeds BUT NOT bringing the plant’s pot inside over the winter.
Sometimes it is okay to buy an annual in July.
Now you know why.
UPDATE: One of my knowledgeable readers,Eliza Waters, sent me this link about THIS lovely plant causing problems for our precious Monarchs.
I am in ZONE 7, the plant can overwinter in Zone 10. I will be tossing the plant and saving the seeds instead.