How to Grow Asclepias curassavica Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Bloodflower


Asclepias curassavica photograph by Malcolm Manners.

Asclepias curassavica Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Asclepias curassavica
  • Common Name: Bloodflower
  • Growing Zone: USA: 9 to 11
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Indoor Plant, Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 24 to 36
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 12 to 24
  • Time of Bloom: Middle of summer to early autumn
  • Flower Details: Orange, Red, White, Yellow
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Upright / erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Seed, division or basal cuttings
  • How to Prune: Not usually required
  • Pests: Can getglasshouse whiteflyunder glass
  • Diseases: Usually pest free

Further Information

  • Can Attract: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
  • Tolerant of: Deer
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container, En masse
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Non-native to North America, Invasive, Naturalizing, Some parts are poisonous, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers, Extended bloom season in Zones 9A and above, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Asclepias
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

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