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Orange Milkweed

Attracts hummingbirds & bees

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  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Height/Habit: 24 - 36 inches
  • Zone: 9-11
  • Flowering Date: June to October
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Orange Milkweed

Showy red-orange flowers with yellow hoods attract hummingbirds and bees during the summer. The flowers are followed by long, narrow seed pods. Grown in containers it may also be cut back and brought inside to a bright, sunny location in winter. 3" pot. Asclepias curassavica
Product Details
  • Season Spring
  • Unit of Measure1
  • Botanical NameAsclepias curassavica
  • Sun ExposureFull Sun
  • State RestrictionsAE AK GU HI PR
  • Spread18 - 24 inches
  • Spacing18 - 24 inches
  • Hardiness Zone9-11
  • Flowering DateJune to October
  • Flower Color:red
  • Flower FormClusters of tiny blossoms
  • Foliage TypeSlender, pinate leaves
  • Unique CharactersticsMissouri Botanical Garden: Blood flower is winter hardy to USDA Zones 9-11. In St. Louis, it is grown as an annual. It is easily grown from seed each year. Start seed indoors in pots 8-10 weeks before last spring frost date. Plant seedlings outside after last frost date. Grows best in light, rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates some light shade. Tolerates some soil dryness. Plants are noted for being weedy in their native tropical habitats and in warm winter areas such as the deep South where they will self-seed somewhat profusely. Plants will not self-seed in the St. Louis climate. Container plants may be cut back and brought inside into bright sunny locations in winter. May also be grown as an indoor plant in bright sun with regular watering during the growing season and with reduced watering in a cool location in winter.Asclepias curassavica, commonly called blood flower, is a tender evergreen perennial in the dogbane and milkweed family. It is native to South America, but has naturalized worldwide in many tropical and subtropical areas. It has a much longer flowering period than the perennial milkweeds that are winter hardy in St. Louis. It typically grows as a subshrub to 2-3' tall on upright stems clad with pointed, opposite, lanceolate leaves (to 6" long). Leaves are medium green sometimes with white midribs. Showy flowers with five sepals and five lobes appear in rounded axillary clusters (cymes) in late spring to early summer. Flowers are red-orange with yellow hoods. Flowering continues throughout the summer to early autumn. Hummingbirds, and bees are attracted to the blooms. Flowers are followed by long, narrow seed pods (3-4" long) which split open when ripe releasing silky tailed seeds for dispersal by wind. Stems and leaves exude a milky sap when cut or bruised. Plants can be poisonous to livestock. Additional common names for this plant include tropical milkweed, scarlet milkweed, swallow wort, Indian root and matal.Genus name
  • Shipped3" POT
  • Height/Habit24 - 36 inches
  • Growth RateMedium
Shipping Information
When will my order ship?

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below:

2019 Spring Shipping Schedule
Zone Annuals
1A-6B 4/29/19 - 6/7/19
7A-10B 4/1/19 - 6/7/19
Last Order Date June 3rd, 2019

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