Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Bloodflower (Asclepias curassavica)
Synonyms: Swallow-wort, Butterfly Weed, Mexican Milkweed, Scarlet Milkweed
This is the first year I have grown Scarlet Milkweed. I picked up three at a plant sale and they have done great. Not quite up to the advertised height of 3 to 4 feet they have been blooming for awhile now and seem to keep going. Since it is rated for USDA Zone 8 and above so I am growing it as an annual. I hope to collect some seeds or have a few drop as it has been a nice addition to the garden. I have found it difficult to photograph and this has been my best effort so far. At least it shows the color! My Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) didn’t come back this year so I will have to replace that. That is a perennial in my area.
Here is another picture of an Asclepias. I think it is Rose or Swamp Milkweed (A. incarnata). It seems a little taller than the other two species I mentioned. Which must just be the plants that I viewed as this one is suppose to get 2 to 3 feet tall. The plants I saw were more like 3 to 4 feet tall. It has a nice dusty pink flower color and you can the bees love this plant too. I was actually trying to take a picture of the bee on this one.