Tropical Milkweed these showy plants have blooms in the colors of red, orange, and yellow. In addition to the butterflies being attracted to Bloodflower plants, the plants are also used as a medicinal herb.
The bloom season is long, lasting from early summer up until the first frost. The Tropical Milkweed herb is a tender perennial that if grown in containers can be wintered indoors for areas where there are freezing temperatures.
How To Grow Milkweed:
Sow Butterfly Weed seeds early in the spring. Transplant seedlings outdoors after danger of frost has passed. Mexican Butterfly Weed plants require a sunny spot in moist, fertile soil. They are not as drought tolerant as other species of milkweeds. Keep the Bloodflower plants uniformly moist, but not saturated.
Pinch the tops of the plants to induce a bushy habit and provide more flowering branches. Blood Flower herb seeds can be grown as an annual in cooler climates. Sow flowers seeds indoors and transplant outdoors. Mexican Butterfly Weed seed is also considered to be a wildflower seed and once established, it will bloom until fall frosts.
USDA Zones: 8 - 11
Height: 24 - 32 inches
Bloom Season: Summer and fall
Bloom Color: Red
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Moist, well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.5
Deer Resistant: Yes
Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days
Light Required: No
Depth: Do not cover
Sowing Rate: 5 ounces per 1,000 square feet or 2 - 4 seeds per plant