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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'.