Blood flower + cv

Asclepias curassavica


Blood flower is one of the most widely recognized butterfly plants in our residential gardens. It is a South American perennial subshrub that is well adapted to warm and dry climate zones, growing 2-3 ft. tall and spreading 3-4 ft. wide. Linear medium green leaves grow 4-5 in. long; clusters of intense red and orange flowers provide color from summer through fall.

Blood flower grows best in full sun, on sandy soils and with low amounts of summer water. It is short-lived and often grown for 2-3 years before being replaced. It is a good companion plant in mixed perennial gardens and combined with other butterfly plants such as Buddleja. One cultivar, A. c. ‘Silky Gold’ has golden-yellow and orange flowers.

Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Open, Compact
Growth Rate: Short-lived, Fast
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Red, Orange
Flower Season: Summer, Fall
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Sand
Exposure Adaptations: All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Flowering accent plant, Borders, Attracts butterflies, Small spaces
Height: 2 ft. – 3 ft.
Width: 3 ft. – 4 ft.