Asclepias curassavica, commonly known as tropical milkweed, is a flowering plant species of the milkweed genus, Asclepias. It is native to the American tropics and has a pantropical distribution as an introduced species.Common name:
June to OctoberHeight:
2.00 to 3.00 feetDifficulty level:
easy to growPlanting & Care
Plants do not thrive in Zones 9 to 10 without a period of refrigeration; they need a cold, dormant period. Select a site with soil that drains well. How can you tell? After a good rain, find a spot that is the first to dry out. Water trapped beneath the scales may rot the bulb, so a well-drained site is essential. Sunlight:
apply any organic fertilizerCare:
- Diligently water your plants.
- Soak the entire root zone at least twice a week in dry summer weather.
- Avoid frequent shallow sprinklings, which wonâ€™t reach the deeper roots and may encourage fungus.
- Plants do best with 90 inches of rain per year, so unless you live in a rain forest, water regularly.
Attractive foliage and flowers for beds, borders, cottage gardens, meadows and butterfly gardens. Also a good cut flower. Dried seed pods are attractive in arrangements. UseMedicinal use:
Culinary use:Ornamental use:
- A decoction of the entire plant is used as an abortifacient.
- The roots are commonly known as "pleurisy root" and used as an expectorant for pneumonia and pleurisy and other lung problems.
- In Jamaica, a poultice of the root is used to treat ringworm and to stop bleeding.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
for medicinal use
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