Asclepias curassavica
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Asclepias curassavica

butterfly flower
Mexican milkweed
blood flower

  family apocynaceae 
  genus asclepias 

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Genus  Asclepias Species  curassavica Variety  Cultivar  Common names  butterfly flower   Mexican milkweed   blood flower Family  APOCYNACEAE Specimen number  S10203 Data source  CrscntBlm;HumGrdn p71;Xeri p279
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' - 4' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 07a-09b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Asclepias curassavica is a good hummingbird feeder. Mexican milkweed (also known as butterfly flower and blood flower) can survive cold winter nights that go as low as 0� Fahrenheit. It needs soil that is moist.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  yes Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  It requires warm days for good production. Asclepias curassavica probably originates from The Tropics.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Asclepias curassavica has an annual life cycle. Typically the blossoms are either yellow or orange, with an accent in red.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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