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Ascleplias Blood flower – Asclepias curassavica – a perennial flowering plant




Asclepias curassavica is a perennial flowering plant. It belongs to dogbane family, Apocyaceae. It is a native of American tropics. It is also known as Mexican Butterfly Weed, Blood-flower or Scarlet Milkweed, Silkweed, tropical milkweed, cotton bush, sunset flower, pleurisy root, butterfly weed, ipecacuanha, cancerillo, redhead, koningsbloem, tropical butterfly flower, madhar, algodoncillo.They are sub shrubs that grow up to a height of 1m (3.3 feet) and spread up to 12-24 inches. This plant has pale gray stems and leaves oppositely on the stems with lanceolate shaped ending. The plant has milky sap and is a source of food for butterflies. The flowers are in cymes that have purple or red corollas. The cymes have 10-20 flowers each. The corona lobes are yellow to orange. The flowers bloom all through the year. The flowers are one inch across and are borne on 2-4 feet stalks. The fruits are fusiform shaped. The fruits are long, about 5-10cm. The follicles are 6-7mm long and are ovate and contain brown seeds. This seeds have silky hairs which are carried by winds.
This plant is grown as an ornamental plant. These attract Monarch butterflies. The plants grow in hardiness zones of USDA 9-11 and needs full to partial sun and moist and well drained soil. The plant is ideal for home garden and for greenhouse culture. It is used as a cut flower and right for butterfly gardens, borders and meadow gardens. The plant is used medicinally in the tropics for the anodyne properties of its roots. It has also been used in scrofula.

Growing conditions of Blood flower

• This plant needs full to partial sun.
• It needs to be sowed in a well drained soil.
• The soil should be fertile and moist.
• The plants grow in hardiness zones of USDA 9-11.
• Do not overwater, only moist soil is needed.
• It can be propogated from cuttings or from seeds.
• The cutting has to be placed in vermiculite.
• Mix mulch or peat moss in soil.
• Sow the seed in soil.
• The germination of the seeds takes at 65-80degree F.

Caring for Bloodflower

• This plant needs full to partial sun.
• It needs to be sowed in a well drained soil.
• The soil should be fertile and moist.
• The plants grow in hardiness zones of USDA 9-11.s
• Do not overwater.
• Remove the old seed pods for the new ones to come up.
• Once in a week, fertilize the plant with 20-20-20 fertilizer diluted to half its strength.





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