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Asclepias curassavica (Bloodflower)
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Asclepias curassavica

Bloodflower or scarlet milkweed

Asclepias curassavica is a tender perennial that grows upright and tall with spiraling lanceolate leaves. The flowers, in small scarlet red and orange umbels, are very bright and showy, and wonderful at attracting Monarch butterflies. Bloodflower is a milkweed and thus contains a milky sap that exudes from the foliage when cut or damaged.

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Height

24-30 Inches

Spread

12-24 Inches

Bloom Color

Orange

USDA Hardiness Zone 9-11

Bloodflower Interesting Notes

The seed pods of bloodflower are showy and have been used dried, as ornaments.

Asclepias curassavica Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best in full sun in moist, well-drained soil.

Good Companions

Star tickseed Coreopsis pubescens 'Sunshine Superman'
Japanese aster Kalimeris integrifolia 'Daisy Mae'
Hyssop Agastache 'Purple Haze'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Summer
Summer
Average
Average
Moist
Moist

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Attributes
Moist Sun