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Asclepias currasavica - scarlet milkweed
Trees and shrubs | Flowers | Magnoliopsida

Scientific Name - Asclepias currasavica L.

Synonyms -

Popular names - blod flower, scarlet milkweed, flor de la seda, flor de la bandera espanola, wild Ipecacuanha.

Distribution and Habitat - native to tropical America, grows on the edge of water or wet places in sugar cane plantations, 100-200 m altitude.

Description - undergrowth species, evergreen (in natural environment), 1 m tall. Stems cylindrical, glabra, has latex. Leaves petiolate, simple, opposite, narrow-lanceolate, entire, tip acute, 4-8 x 0.7-1.4 cm. Flowers actinomorfe, bisexual, pentamere in umbele axillary or terminal, 0.8-1.2 cm diameter, peduncle 0.8-2.5 cm, 0.7 x 0.3 cm petals, united at the base, lanceolate, reflexes in anteza, purple, corona with five segments with a Appendix internal bicarpelar gineceu, ovary superior. Blooms in April-September, pollination is facuYour insects and birds. Fruit follicles 5-10 c 0.6-1 cm, fusiform. Seeds 0.4-0.6 cm doll. 2n = 22.

 

Tolerances - excessive moisture.

Requirements - prefers sunny places, damp soils, rich, well drained.

Management - do not tolerate transplanting.

Propagation - by seeds, sown after frost danger has passed, germinate at 20-22 C in 2-3 weeks.

Properties and Uses - a species used as ornamental plants for small gardens, in combination with other herbs such as Echinacea purpurea, Ratibida pinnata, ornamental grasses.

Curiosity - poisonous species.

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