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Bloodflower, Butterfly Weed

Asclepias curassavica

Bloodflower is a tough, adaptable, and drought-tolerant plant that can be harvested as a cut-flower.  It serves as a food source for monarch butterflies.

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Asclepias curassavica

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Asclepias curassavica Plant Information

Scientific Name: Asclepias curassavica
Common Name: bloodflower

butterfly weed
Family: Asclepiadaceae
Suggested Uses: perennials, beds & borders, cutflowers, natives
Plant Form: upright, rounded
Height: 1 - 3 feet
Spread: 1 - 3 feet
Foliage: simple, narrow, 1-6" leaves

dark green with silver pubescence on under sides

medium-textured foliage
Flower: yellow, orange, and red flowers in 2-5" umbels

slow to bloom
Bloom Period: Summer - Fall
Fruit: 4-6" long upright follicles which can be used in floral arrangements
Sun: full sun
Water: low water requirement

Soil: well-drained soil

tolerates high pH and infertile soil

adaptable soil range
Heat Tolerance: high heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 3 - 9
Native Range: Eastern US
Maintenance: deadhead to prolong flowering

occasionally prune to prevent legginess
Pests & Pathology: aphids
Wildlife: food source for Monarch Butterflies

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