Asclepias curassavica

Blood flower

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Red, Yellow




Half hardy

Skill level


photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (229680)

Plant details

Often grown as an annual it is an evergreen subshrub with mid-green leaves and flowers from summer to autumn. The umbel-like blooms are red and orange with yellow-orange hoods and are often followed by fruit.

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Genus: Asclepias

Species: curassavica

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Red, Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 100cm

Spread: 60cm

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