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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. Blood Flower 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 seeds pods of Blood Flower are showy as well and have been used dried, as ornaments.

Asclepias curassavica Growing and Maintenance Tips

Full to part sun in moist, well drained soil.

Good Companions

Japanese aster Kalimeris integrifolia 'Daisy Mae'
Autumn sage Salvia greggii 'Maraschino'
Sneezeweed Helenium 'Dancing Flames'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Summer
Summer
Dry
Dry
Moist
Moist
Container
Container

Additional Information

Growth Rate
Medium
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Late Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Attributes
Native to US
Wildflower Garden
Moist Sun