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Asclepias curassavica Tropical Milkweed, Silkweed

FP049/FPS-49 by Edward F. Gilman, Ryan W. Klein, Gail Hansen and Tina McIntyreAugust 9, 2022This document is FPS-49, one of a series of the Environmental Horticulture Department, UF/IFAS Extension.

Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed, Indian Paintbrush

FP050/FPS050 by Edward F. Gilman, Ryan W. Klein, and Gail HansenDecember 5, 2018This document provides a comprehensive overview of the butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), a member of the milkweed family. It details the plant’s characteristics, including its growth habits, flowering period, and preferred growing conditions. The butterfly weed is noted for its vibrant orange, red, and yellow flowers, which attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The document also covers the plant’s uses, propagation methods, and potential pest issues. Additionally, it highlights the plant’s medicinal uses and its tendency to self-seed and escape cultivation. Original publication date October 1999.

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