Gardens
Plants
Journals
Forums
Questions
Seed Swaps

Bloodflower 'Sunset Flower'   

Asclepias curassavica

  • 5 plantings
  • 1 available for swap
  • 0 wanted
  • 3 stashed

Sunset Flower is part of the Asclepias genus and is a Bloodflower variety. Its scientific name is Asclepias curassavica 'Sunset Flower'. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Cerise red. Leaves appear approximately as a   Forest green (web) colour.

A tender evergreen perennial in the dogbane and milkweed family. Native to South America but has naturalized worldwide in many tropical and subtropical areas. It is a plus to grow it in butterfly gardens.

Sunset Flower grows as an Annual/Perennial and is a Flower. Being an annual / perennial, it tends to grow either as a single season plant, or a plant that can stay in your garden for many years. Sunset Flower normally grows with a erect-like habit to a mature height of 1.20 metres (that's 3.90 feet imperial).

Sunset Flower Bloodflower is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Sunset Flower have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Sunset Flower

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Will reseed readily if conditions are right.

A full sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Sunset Flower is thought of as tender, so it is really important to ensure that the outside temperature is well above freezing before planting or moving outdoors. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 8 - 12 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Sunset Flower tends to grow best in a soil ph of between 6.1 and 7.5 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Sunset Flower from seed

Look to ensure a distance 1.95 feet (60.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 0.39 inches (1.0 cm) deep.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Sunset Flower about 15 days after your last frost date.

Transplanting Sunset Flower

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Sunset Flower is a tender plant.

Harvesting Sunset Flower

Sunset Flower folklore & trivia

During WWII the silky part attached to the seeds was used for life jackets.123 Milkweed is more bouyant then cork by 5 or 6 fold.123

Other Names for Bloodflower 'Sunset Flower'

Blood Flower

Footnotes

Popular varieties of Bloodflower

More varieties of Bloodflower »