• Asclepias curassavica
  • Asclepias curassavica
  • Asclepias curassavica
  • Asclepias curassavica
    Asclepias curassavica - seed pods open showing silk and seeds
    Asclepias curassavica
    Asclepias curassavica

Asclepias curassavica

Mexican Butterfly Bush, Milkweed, Mexican Butterfly Weed, Blood-Flower, Scarlet Milkweed, Tropical Milkweed, Mexican Milkweed, Pecacuanha, Ipecacuanha, Indian Root. Matac, Matal, Red Head, Swallow Wort, Wild Ipecacuanha, Silkweed
Size: ex 1L pot

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£7.99

Quick Overview

  • Attractive exotic bi-coloured orange-red and yellow flowers
  • Sunny aspect or partial sun
  • Well-drained slightly sandy and acidic soil
  • Butterfly-magnet
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Description

Asclepias curassavica, the Mexican Butterfly Bush, Scarlet Milkweed or Blood Flower, is a small shrubby semi-deciduous perennial with attractive long lanceolate foliage and showy exotic flowers that are orange-red and yellow. It is very easy to grow and very fast-growing and is predominantly grown for its ability to attract butterflies which feed on its pollen rich-flowers. The foliage is also a food for many butterfly larvae.

It flowers freely in mid-summer and the flowers are followed by long narrow seed-pods that when they split open, reveal seeds with long silky threads.

A tender plant in the UK and Northern Europe, Asclepias curassavica should be pruned in the autumn and brought in to a frost-free environment during the winter. It can also be grown as an annual with new seeds being sown each year.

These are one year old plants: tough woody things, they have survived the winter, been give a 'chop' and are now sprouting vigourously from the base. Bargain!

Additional Information

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Family Apocynaceae
Sub-Family Asclepiadoideae
Synonyms Asclepias aurantiaca, Asclepias bicolor, Asclepias cubensis, Asclepias curassavica var. concolor, Asclepias curassavica f. flaviflora, Asclepias margaritacea, Asclepias nivea var. curassavica
Geographical Origin Central America, South America
Cultivation Full or partial sun. Well drained, slightly acidic soil.
Eventual Height 1.5m
Eventual Spread 0.5m
Hardiness Frost tender. Cut back in the autumn and bring indoors to a frost-free area for the winter. Can be grown as an annual, sowing fresh seed in the spring

Asclepias curassavica

Mexican Butterfly Bush, Milkweed, Mexican Butterfly Weed, Blood-Flower, Scarlet Milkweed, Tropical Milkweed, Mexican Milkweed, Pecacuanha, Ipecacuanha, Indian Root. Matac, Matal, Red Head, Swallow Wort, Wild Ipecacuanha, Silkweed
Size: ex 1L pot

Availability: Sold Out

£7.99
You could receive 10 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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