Asclepius curassavica

Asclepius curassavica, Bloodflower

A beautiful milkweed used in Chinese medicine, Bloodflower is an easy annual or tender perennial. It has yellow flowers with orange hoods and bright yellow centers. This lovely plant produces a typical milkweed pod which hosts Monarch butterflies and makes them taste awful to the birds! A stunning large ornamental that blooms all summer.
Grow specs:
To 4 feet. Full Sun. Average soil. Known as an ementic and vermifuge, this plant has also been used for its fiber and its down-like floss.   (Photo © Ron Hughes)

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