Asclepias curassavica

Common Name :Tropical milkweed, Blood flower, Scarlet Milkweed, Butterfly Weed Botanical name :Asclepias curassavica Family : Apocynaceae

Asclepias curassavica

Description - Perennials of the border and as cut flowers, natives of North America. In A.tuberosa the leaves are alternate, long and narrow, and each stem bears several flower-heads of small clustered flowers of brilliant orange to a height of two to three feet. The roots are tuberous and require to be planted in a partially shaded position where the soil has been enriched with leaf mould. It will require a year or so for the plants to become established, and they are best allowed to remain undisturbed. There is an even brighter form in the variety “vermillion”. Another species, A. incarnata , with opposite leaves, is occasionally seen in gardens where its flowers, borne in loose umbels and of a rather dull red-purple hue, are an attraction for bees. It is a native of swamps and grows well in moist soil. Others are A. purpurea, three to four feet, with lilac flowers, and A. speciosa, two to three feet, with fragrant purplish flowers.
Propagation is by seed sown as soon as ripe, requiring three years to attain the flowering stage.
The flowering season is in July and August

Kingdom - Plantae

Order - Gentianales

Genus - Asclepias

Origin / Native - South America

Category&Life Cycle - Annual, evergreen perennial herb, subshrub

Height - Up to 48 inches tall

Spread - Up to 36 inches wide

Flowers - Small, showy, red with yellow, 5 petals, clustered

Flowering colors - Red, yellow

Foliage - Green, glossy, lanceolate shaped, oppositely arranged leaves

Flowering Season - Spring to Fall

Blooming - All year-round

Flowering Month - May to October

Attracts - Butterflies, hummingbirds

Light Requirement&Care - Full sun, part shade, well drained soil, average water, low maintenance

Good For - Borders, Garden beds, Butterfly garden

Uses - Cut flowers, ornamental plant, medicinal

Special feature - Deer resistant

Propagation - Seed, stem cutting

Hazards - Broken stems and leaves are poisonous

Tropical milkweed flowers, buds
Tropical milkweed flowers

Photographs: Guna Selvi Camera: Nikon D40x Location : Butterfly park trichy, Srirangam, Melur, Tiruchirappalli, India

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