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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Asclepias curassavica L.
Scarlet milkweed, Bloodflower

Asclepias curassavica
Copyright by: Kristen Finch
in cultivation, Palm Beach County, Florida

Family: Apocynaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: The West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America; naturalized in Bermuda, the southern United States and the Old World.

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SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

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Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1884 by J. Cosmo Melvill for the island of Key West. Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks and disturbed areas in the lower Keys. Sparingly naturalized in the Florida Keys.

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Asclepias curassavica has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland


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Asclepias curassavica
Copyright by: Kristen Finch
in cultivation, Palm Beach County, Florida

Asclepias curassavica
Copyright by: Kristen Finch
in cultivation, Palm Beach County, Florida

Asclepias curassavica
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Asclepias curassavica
Copyright by: Rosimar Rivera

Asclepias curassavica
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer