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Asclepias curassavica

Sunset flower

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.6m to 1m
  • Spread0.5m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourOrange red
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Asclepias curassavica (Sunset flower). This is an annual or short-lived perennial. It is evergreen and will grow about a 1m tall. The leaves are narrow and lance-shaped. From late spring to the autumn it will produce umbels of bright orange-red flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

South America

Interest and use

Border, wildflower/meadow, greenhouse. Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

Watch out it is poisonous. It may need staking.

Propagation

You will need to sow the seeds early in the spring or summer directly into your bed as this herbaceous perennial does not transplant well.

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