Asclepias curassavica (Blood Flower) Wildflower Seeds
Asclepias curassavica (Blood Flower) Wildflower Seeds1
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Origin: Introduced US Wildflower
Other Common Names: Bloodflower, Silkweed, Indian Root, Cotton Bush, Sunset Flower
Bloom Time: Summer
Height: 18 in to 36 in
Spacing: 15 in to 18 in
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Medium
USDA Zone: 3a-10b
Germination: No pre-treatment needed. Soak seeds in hot water for 24 hours, then sow seeds on soil surface at 70F and water.
Seeds Per Oz: 11000
In 1753, eminent botanist Carl Linnaeus gave Blood Flower its Latin genus name, Asclepias. Asclepias, the name of the legendary Greek representation of medicine and healing, is especially appropriate since this plant formerly had numerous medicinal uses. At one time, the silk from the seed pods was spun for fabric or used for stuffing pillows; in World War II, school children gathered the silk to provide a cheap filling for soldiers’ life jackets. Commercial attempts to make use of this abundant plant included the manufacture of paper, fabric, lubricant, fuel, and rubber; eventually these became impractical and were abandoned. In the wild, Blood Flower attracts flocks of butterflies and their larvae; butterflies are immune to the plant’s poison, and actually become rather poisonous themselves as protection from predators.
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Featured positive reviews:
I love this plant. Fast grower if you let it. 100% germination rate from this company!
Nothing bad to say!