Bloodflower

Asclepias curassavica

[asclepias_curassavica]

This native of South America has become widespread throughout our southern-most states. The beautiful flower heads show a combination of scarlet red in the reflexed petals, with vibrant orange in the upright petals. A member of the milkweed family, Bloodflower was introduced to European and American gardens by the late eighteenth century. If grown as a houseplant, Bloodflower blooms almost continuously.

Growth Type: Perennial Color(s): Orange, Red, Yellow Hardiness Zones: 8 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Shade

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Blooming Dates 2003: Feb 15 – Apr 112003: Jul 17 – Aug 22004: Apr 16 – Apr 302005: Jun 3 – Jul 12005: Jul 20 – Nov 222006: Jun 1 – Nov 152007: Aug 2 – Nov 152008: Jul 25 – Nov 102009: Apr 17 – Nov 152010: Jun 28 – Dec 12011: Jul 7 – Dec 62012: Jun 22 – Dec 42013: Jul 4 – Oct 30