Asclepias Curassavica Bloodflower Tropical Milkweed Flowers

The Dirty Gardener

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Asclepias curassavica, commonly known as tropical milkweed, is a flowering plant species of the milkweed genus, asclepias. It is native to the American tropics [5] and has a pantropical distribution as an introduced species. Other common names include bloodflower or blood flower, [4] cotton bush, [6] hierba de la cucaracha, [4] Mexican butterfly weed, redhead, [6] scarlet milkweed, [4] and wild... In addition to being beautiful, Milkweed is a very important plant because it is a host for the beloved MONARCH butterfly. Monarch larva feed exclusively on Milkweeds. That means if there is no Milkweed, there would be no Monarchs :( It is also an important nectar plant for bees & other insects. The common name Milkweed was given to this plant because of its milky juice. The scientific name comes from Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, because of the many folk-medicinal uses for the milkweed plants. The dried seed pods are also very interesting for dried arrangements. The showy multi-colored blooms of the Sunset variety attracts Hummingbirds. In addition to being beautiful, Milkweed is a very important plant because it is a host for the beloved MONARCH butterfly. Monarch larva feed exclusively on Milkweeds. That means if there is no Milkweed, there would be no Monarchs :( It is also an important nectar plant for bees & other insects. The common name Milkweed was given to this plant because of its milky juice. The scientific name comes from Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, because of the many folk-medicinal uses for the milkweed plants. The dried seed pods are also very interesting for dried arrangements. The showy multi-colored blooms of the Sunset variety attracts hummingbirds. Other common names: bloodflower / scarlet milkweed / indian root. Bloom time: all summer. Hardiness zone: 5 - 11. Light requirements: sun - part shade . . . Soil / water: average Ð dry.

  • The perennial bloodflower shrub adds a rich splash of orange-red to any garden
  • It's sweet scent attracts monarch butterflies
  • A fun addition to bouquets and flower arrangements
  • Easy to grow, requires little maintenance and thrives in zones 3-9
  • Grows up to 4 feet in height and does well in full sun to partial shade

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