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Tropical Scarlet Milkweed Asclepias Curassavica Bloodflower Seeds
Packet of 25+ freshly harvested seeds!
This fella is wildharvested from our place by me and the Mrs.
We never planted it on purpose, it’s just a volunteer from someone else’s plantings I guess?
I better clarify that it is not the much more weedy and invasive balloon flower or Gomphocarpus physocarpus which we are constantly pulling out when it blows in from neighbouring properties.
This is the much less invasive and more manageable, but visually similar species Asclepias nivea var. curassavica or Asclepias curassavica.
It is commonly known as tropical milkweed, bloodflower, blood flower, cotton bush, hierba de la cucaracha, Mexican butterfly weed, redhead, scarlet milkweed, or wild ipecacuanha.
It will spread around a bit if given the chance, but it never really outcompetes neighbouring plants or grows on mass. If you don’t want it to spread at all ever, just deadhead it like you do with any other flowers.
Very pretty little flower and small herb like structure, it is the food plant of the Monarch, Queen and many other butterfly species.
Monarch larvae and adults rely on Asclepias species for food and when their young eat the foliage they taste foul to predators. The beautiful colours they have are a warning of this.
They plants make a really nice cut flower, just be careful not to get the white sap on you.
I just cut the stems then stab them in the ground for a second or two.
Soil clots the sap, no mess no fuss.
The native bees love it and it is a very hardy trouble free species.
Wild harvested from our place, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!