8 responses to “Asclepias curassavica”

  1. chris

    Gorgeous picture, as usual.

  2. Beverley

    Asclepias curassavica – Z9 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Asclepias curassavica – minimum 7 degrees C/45 degrees F – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk
    Asclepias curassavica – Z9-11 – Kemper Center for Home Gardening

  3. nancy anne

    This common milkweed has naturalized readily in the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

    In addition to planting as a ‘trap plant’ for aphids, it is also used as forage for the Monarch butterfly, as Mary has noted; the chemicals in the latex sap of the plant make the caterpillar poisonous to birds, thus ensuring the future of the butterfly.

  4. bev

    How coincidental – I had never heard of this particular species. After my typical early morning review of BPotD, I went to my usual Thursday volunteer day at Green Spring Gardens, a local botanical park here in Virginia. There they were sowing seed of this very plant to sell in their fundraising garden shop, because “it always sells well” and encourages the Monarch butterfly, as Nancy Anne points out. Daniel once again makes a timely contribution to my botanical education!

  5. Colleen

    As always, my day brightens with your site.
    Colleen

  6. Emma Harrower

    I’ve seen this plant growing in Costa Rica in the north near Nicaragua. I also have a picture of an orchid that seems to mimic this plant (or others like it). The orchid was yellow in the centre and turned orange/red at the edges.

  7. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    I was curious about the name and its connection with mythology, and found this in wikipedia, in the entry for the genus ‘Asclepius’:
    “Carolus Linnaeus named the genus after Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, because of the many folk-medicinal uses for the milkweed plants.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepias

  8. Joe Mocco

    Love the butterfly weed, and yes it is a magnate to the Monarch. It does attract millions of a yellow aphid which engulf the plant. How does one rid the plant from this aphid looking pestilence?

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