Asclepias curassavica

Asclepias curassavica

Blood flower

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Asclepias curassavica
  • Common name: Blood flower
  • Family: Asclepiadaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial

Known as tropical milkweed or blood flower, Asclepias curassavica is an evergreen subshrub with mid-green leaves, bearing pretty red and yellow umbel-like flowers from summer to autumn. The blooms are often followed by fruit.

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Native to the American tropics, it’s typically grown in Britain as an annual, suitable for bedding and container displays. 

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Grow Asclepias curassavica in well-drained soil in full sun. Move containers indoors in autumn to keep them over winter.

How to grow Asclepias curassavica

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Asclepias curassavica and wildlife

Asclepias curassavica has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Asclepias curassavica poisonous?

Asclepias curassavica has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People