Blooming in my garden: Mexican Butterfly Weed

20 06 2011

Mexican Butterfly Weed (Asclepias curassavica), also known as Blood-flower, Scarlet Milkweed or Tropical Milkweed, is an evergreen perennial plant and a favorite food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars. The caterpillars eat the leaves and the adult butterfly sips its nectar. Milkweed contains a toxin that saves the butterfly from predators because of the bitter taste!

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20 06 2011
Eden

Nice composition and focus 🙂

21 06 2011
Jan

Mine has just started blooming. I love this little plant because you not only get cute, long-lasting flowers, but it blooms until frost.

Jan
Always Growing

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