BLOODFLOWER / SUNSET FLOWER SEEDS
BLOODFLOWER / SUNSET FLOWER SEEDS
BLOODFLOWER / SUNSET FLOWER SEEDS
BLOODFLOWER / SUNSET FLOWER SEEDS
BLOODFLOWER / SUNSET FLOWER SEEDS
BLOODFLOWER / SUNSET FLOWER SEEDS

BLOODFLOWER / SUNSET FLOWER SEEDS

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Grow Heirloom Bloodflowers / Sunset Flowers - Plant Bloodflower / Sunset Flower Seeds

A unique and stunning Asclepias variety - Bloodflower or Sunset Flower - is a highly cherished plant with stunning flowers mimic the colors of sunset. The Bloodflower is lesser known perhaps, but more colorful than its cousin, Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Milkweed. Covering itself with gorgeous flowers of orange, yellow and red in midsummer, Bloodflower/Sunset Flower is a real dazzler in any wild garden.

  • Annual pollinator attractor with bright red & yellow blooms
  • Summer blooming and deer resistant, this variety can grow in nearly any soil
  • Thrives in bright, sunny growing areas

FAST FACTS

Name: Bloodflower / Sunset Flower Seeds
Botanical Name: Asclepias curassavica
Life Cycle: Annual
Light Requirement: Full Sun
Planting Season: Spring
Plant Type: Orange-Red Blooms with Yellow Clustered Flowers in Center, Upright Habit, Whorled Leaf
Features: Heirloom, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Container Garden, Cut Flower Garden, Deer Resistant, Poor Soil Tolerant
Color: Red, Yellow
Blooms: Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Days to Maturity: 90-120 Days
Plant Height: 40 inches
Plant Spacing: 15-18 inches
Planting Depth: 1/8 inch
Sowing Method: Start Indoors, Direct Sow
Cold Stratification: Yes
Seeds per Packet: 300 mg
Seeds per Pound: 90, 700
Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Ships: Year Round
PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS
How to Plant Bloodflower
WHEN TO PLANT ASCLEPIAS SEEDS

Plant outdoors after the first frost begins in the fall in order to stratify the seed in time for Spring. To start indoors, seeds must be refrigerated 6-8 weeks before sowing in order to wake the seed from dormancy.

WHERE TO PLANT ASCLEPIAS SEEDS

Asclepias is a hardy plant that is native to the swamps of the U.S., and will easily grow in consistently damp or wet soils that drain well with access to full sun (6-8 hours of sun per day). Despite this, Asclepias will tolerate a wide variety of soil profiles, as long as they aren't consistently dry or overly sandy. Plant away from areas where pets frequent, as the sap of the Asclepias is toxic when cut.

HOW TO PLANT ASCLEPIAS SEEDS

Plant seeds 1/2-1 inch deep into the soil. When grown indoors, transplant into the garden 18-24 inches apart for best results.

HOW TO CARE FOR ASCLEPIAS

Asclepias is a low-maintenance plant that can live for several years if planted in the proper environment and will come back from a strong taproot every Spring. Asclepias will also readily spread itself via seeds in the late fall, but this can be controlled simply by removing all seed pods in the early fall before they release. Asclepias is a popular butterfly attractor, particularly of the Monarch Butterfly; as long as the plant is healthy, it will readily flower throughout the summer. Fertilization is not necessary. Putting mulch around each plant will reduce competition from weeds or other unwanted plants.