Bloodflower Milkweed

  • Scientific Name: Asclepias curassavica
  • Erect Perennial
  • Bright orange-red flowers
  • Plant in Full Sun

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Bloodflower Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) is a tender erect perennial often grown as an annual. Also known as Tropical Milkweed, this wildflower is winter hardy in zones 9-11 and is easily grown from seed each year as an annual. It spreads quickly in disturbed areas and is frequently found naturalized in waste places, roadsides, or fields. Its bright orange-red flowers form in clusters on top of the leaves and stems that have a milky juice when damaged.  Blooming from spring to fall in temperate climates.  Plant it in the full sun in moist, fertile, well-drained soil.  It will reach a height of 3 feet and a spread of 2 feet.

Bloodflower Milkweed is great for attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and a wide variety of pollinators.  Attractive foliage and flowers for beds, borders, cottage gardens, meadows and butterfly gardens. Also a good cut flower. Dried seed pods are attractive in arrangements. Monarch Butterflies lay their eggs on the leaves and the larvae feed on the plants, but in some areas they bloom out of sync with Monarch migration patterns. Plant in rich, well-drained soil.  These have a longer blooming period than most other milkweeds.

Common Names: Bloodflower Milkweed, Tropical Milkweed, Swallow Wort, Sunset Flower

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