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botanical name:
Asclepias curassavica
Asclepias curassavica © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Blood flower, Indian root, Swallow-wort
family:  Apocynaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 1.00m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: red
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: 7°C
USDA zone: 11 to 11
Evergreen subshrub, often grown as a tender annual. Branching habit and opposite, elliptic to lance-shaped mid-green leaves up to 15cm long. Umbel-like cymes of red or orange-red, occasionally yellow or white, flowers with yellow centres from summer to autumn.

Well drained, fertile, loamy soil in full sun. Tendy, in frost prone areas best grown in a greenhouse or conservatory. Water freely during the growing season, keep almost dry in winter.

From seed or basal cuttings in spring.

Containers, tropical borders.

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