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Asclepias curassavica (bloodflower, scarlet milkweed)
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Asclepias curassavica

bloodflower, 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

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Orange

USDA Hardiness Zone 9-11

bloodflower, scarlet milkweed 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 Substitutions

star tickseed Coreopsis pubescens 'Sunshine Superman'
hyssop Agastache 'Purple Haze'
Sneezeweed Helenium 'Dancing Flames'
soft rush Juncus effusus

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Moist
Moist
Summer
Summer
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Average
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
For Animals
Caution: Toxic
Propagation Type
Open pollinated