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Herbsaceous Plants

Arabic Name

الصقلاب القرمزي

Latin Name

Asclepias curassavica , Asclepiadaceae

English Name

Milkweed

The Milkweed or Silkweed is a small, bushy, evergreen shrub with woody stalks at the base, growing to a height of 100 cm. It is indigenous to tropical North America and Africa. Silkweed has umbel flowers both red and yellow in colour that bloom almost the whole year round. It requires a moist, fertile and well-drained soil and nutrients. A. curassavica prefers a sunny to a partially shady location. It can withstand frost up to –5°C. The Silkweed takes its name from its seeds. When the longish slender pods open, dark brown seeds become visible which have silky hairs upon them. The plant can be propagated by seeds or cuttings of the green branches or root division. The milky fluid produced in the plant’s stems can cause irritation, and contact with the eyes should be avoided. This Asclepias is very attractive in private gardens or parks in mixed borders, or as a high groundcover, because of its attractive appearance in both flower and seed. It should be planted together with other plants having similar requirements such as regular irrigation, light and nutrients. Lush, tropical planting themes are, therefore, suitable for the use of this plant. Pinching the tops after flowering improves blooming and encourages dense growth from below; otherwise, the plant needs only low maintenance.

General information

Family Name : Asclepiadaceae
Origin: Mediterranean , Sub Tropical
Rainfall: Very Humid , Semi Humid , Semi Arid
Propagation: Cuttings , Sowing and Pricking Out
Maintenance: Low

Environmental conditions

Urban Climate: Resistant
Desiccation: Vulnerable
Drought: Vulnerable
Irrigation: Medium
Salinity: High < 5,000 ppm
Hardiness Zones: -6°C

Plant shape

Vigour: Fairly Fast Growing
Height: 1 M
Expansion: 1 M
Foliage: Evergreen

Flower

Colour: White
Flowering Period: From Early May Till Late September

Fruit

Type Of Fruit: Star Shaped Fruit
Size: From 6 To 8 CM

Location of Use :

Home Plant , Massed Planting , Container Planting , Park Planting , Pond Edge , Stream Edge , Private Garden , Flowering Hedge , Wadi Farm Garden , Urban Area

Other choices :

Cut Flower , Grouped Planting , Plant Used by ADA , Attractive Fruits , Seasonal Display

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