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Asclepias curassavica

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
as-KLEE-pee-as kur-a-SA-vih-ka
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Tender perennial grown as an annual; erect herb with milky juice;

Full sun; moist, fertile, well-drained soil; 2-ft. spread; attracts hummingbirds, bees, and moths

Found in: Weedy in disturbed areas, native or naturalized in waste places, roadsides, fields; landscape in flower gardens as herbaceous perennials

Cultivars:
  • 'Red Butterfly'
  • 'Silky Gold'
Tags:
Cultivars:
  • 'Red Butterfly'
  • 'Silky Gold'
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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Asclepias
    Species:
    curassavica
    Family:
    Apocynaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Poisonous
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    fruit dry and inflated, erect, and with many hair-tufted seeds
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Brilliant orange-red with yellow flowers in clusters; 5-parted
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Opposite
    Whorled
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    leaves simple, alternate, opposite, or whorled, narrow
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Hummingbirds
    Moths
    Problems:
    Poisonous
  • Poison:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. Vomiting, stupor, weakness, spasms.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Cardiac glycosides and resinoids
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems