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Mexican Butterfly Weed ( Blood-flower )

Asclepias curassavica


Typical plants are evergreen perennial subshrubs that grow up to 1 m (3.3 ft) tall and have pale gray stems. The leaves are arranged oppositely on the stems and are lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate shaped ending in acuminate or acute tips. Like other members of the genus, the sap is milky. The flowers are in cymes with 10-20 flowers each.


It is native to the American tropics. I found it in a home garden at Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.


Monarch butterfly laying eggs on Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold'.

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Ashish 11 years ago
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Asclepias curassavica

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Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

ID suggestion for just informing Marathi name for this herb.

Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

Spotted on Mar 9, 2009
Submitted on Jul 30, 2011

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