Is Red Milkweed Good for S Deschutes?

Asked February 23, 2020, 8:13 PM EST

We received Red Milkweed instead of Showy Milkweed Seed. Will Red Milkweed attract butterflies okay here in South Deschutes? I see it’s zone 3 so the zone is okay.

Deschutes County Oregon

1 Response

Hi, The two most suitable milkweed for this area are Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) and Narrow-leaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) as they are native. I would try to exchange them for the showy if possible. I don't know if red milkweed will grow here, but there is some risk of invasiveness, etc.

Thanks,