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Blood Flower Seeds

Asclepias curassavica

5.00 (3 reviews)
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow Asclepias curassavica seeds just below the surface of the soil in late fall or early spring. To start Asclepias curassavica seed indoors, sow just below the surface of the soil in a flat 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring. After the last frost and when the seedlings have grown tall enough to handle safely, transplant them.

Growing: Blood Flower milkweed tolerates light shade, as well as adapting well to either dry or moist soil. In cooler regions it can be grown as a container plant and brought indoors for the winter, or as an annual. These plants are fairly slow to mature. They tolerate some soil dryness, but grow best with occasional watering. Self seeding may occur, but volunteer plants can easily be transplanted or removed while they are still small. Blood Flower attracts numerous butterflies and hummingbirds, and resists deer. Harmless aphids may infest the foliage, but can be removed by a spray of water from the hose. This plant can be cut back at any time of its growth to produce new foliage or tidy its growth. Mature plants can be divided.

Harvesting: Blood Flower makes a striking cut flower. Cut the stems long, choosing flowers that have just opened. Keep in mind that all parts of this plant are poisonous, and the milky sap can irritate the skin.

Seed Saving: After the plant finishes flowering, 3-4" narrow pods will form. Be sure to harvest the pods before they split and the silky fluff carries the seeds away on the wind. As soon as the seeds inside the pod ripen to their mature brown color, remove the pods and spread them out to dry. Split open the pods and take out the silky seed material. Remove the fluff from the seeds. Store Asclepias curassavica seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Bloodflower, Silkweed, Indian Root, Cotton Bush, Sunset Flower

Latin Name: Asclepias curassavica

Species Origin: Central and South America

Type: Garden Flowers

Life Cycle: Annual

USDA Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 11,000

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Height: 24 Inches

Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 3 reviews
Blood Flower Seeds 5.0

Review By Sue

Asclepias curassavica

A non-native milkweed that is somewhat controversial at the momment, it is loved by butterflies and hummingbirds. It is a host plant for Monarch and Queen butterflies. Germination rate if planted in the spring or early summer is very high. It is often perennial in my zone 8b garden. Beautiful flowers though out the summer.

Blood Flower Seeds 5.0

Review By Jeff

Blood Flower

Outstanding germination rate! I'm very pleased with this company and will buy more of their seeds in the future.

Blood Flower Seeds 5.0

Review By Crystal

GREAT

I love this plant. Fast grower if you let it. 100% germination rate from this company!
Nothing bad to say!

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In 1753, eminent botanist Carl Linnaeus gave the Blood Flower milkweed its Latin genus name, "Asclepias." Asclepias, the name of the legendary Greek deity 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, the Blood Flower milkweed 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.


HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow Asclepias curassavica seeds just below the surface of the soil in late fall or early spring. To start Asclepias curassavica seed indoors, sow just below the surface of the soil in a flat 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring. After the last frost and when the seedlings have grown tall enough to handle safely, transplant them.

Growing: Blood Flower milkweed tolerates light shade, as well as adapting well to either dry or moist soil. In cooler regions it can be grown as a container plant and brought indoors for the winter, or as an annual. These plants are fairly slow to mature. They tolerate some soil dryness, but grow best with occasional watering. Self seeding may occur, but volunteer plants can easily be transplanted or removed while they are still small. Blood Flower attracts numerous butterflies and hummingbirds, and resists deer. Harmless aphids may infest the foliage, but can be removed by a spray of water from the hose. This plant can be cut back at any time of its growth to produce new foliage or tidy its growth. Mature plants can be divided.

Harvesting: Blood Flower makes a striking cut flower. Cut the stems long, choosing flowers that have just opened. Keep in mind that all parts of this plant are poisonous, and the milky sap can irritate the skin.

Seed Saving: After the plant finishes flowering, 3-4" narrow pods will form. Be sure to harvest the pods before they split and the silky fluff carries the seeds away on the wind. As soon as the seeds inside the pod ripen to their mature brown color, remove the pods and spread them out to dry. Split open the pods and take out the silky seed material. Remove the fluff from the seeds. Store Asclepias curassavica seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Bloodflower, Silkweed, Indian Root, Cotton Bush, Sunset Flower

Latin Name: Asclepias curassavica

Species Origin: Central and South America

Type: Garden Flowers

Life Cycle: Annual

USDA Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 11,000

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Height: 24 Inches

Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant

Reviews

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 3 reviews
Blood Flower Seeds 5.0

Review By Sue

Asclepias curassavica

A non-native milkweed that is somewhat controversial at the momment, it is loved by butterflies and hummingbirds. It is a host plant for Monarch and Queen butterflies. Germination rate if planted in the spring or early summer is very high. It is often perennial in my zone 8b garden. Beautiful flowers though out the summer.

Blood Flower Seeds 5.0

Review By Jeff

Blood Flower

Outstanding germination rate! I'm very pleased with this company and will buy more of their seeds in the future.

Blood Flower Seeds 5.0

Review By Crystal

GREAT

I love this plant. Fast grower if you let it. 100% germination rate from this company!
Nothing bad to say!

Add your review of this product