Bright combo

♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

Largo, United States

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Bright flower combination found at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Florida, USA. They are Tropical Sage and Butterfly Weed flowers, or scarlet milkweed. 567 views as of Aug. 23, 2013

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438 views as of March 7, 2013

Featured in—Vibrant Plants-March 16, 2012

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Asclepias curassavica
Bloodflower or Scarlet milkweed

Asclepias curassavica is a tender perennial that grows upright and tall with spiraling lanceolate leaves. The flowers, in small scarlet red and orange umbels, are very bright and showy, and wonderful at attracting Monarch butterflies. Blood Flower is a milkweed and thus contains a milky sap that exudes from the foliage when cut or damaged.

Tropical Sage
Tropical Sage – Salvia coccinea
Family – Lamiaceae ( Mint Family )

From “here”: http://www.floridasnature.com/florida_herbs.htm

Habitat – Hammocks on calcareous soils, Shell mounds

Description -Native annual or perennial herb to 3 feet. Leaves ovate to cordate, margin crenate. Stems square, hairy. can be grown from seed & will re-seed itself from year to year.

Flowers are bright red, tubular, 1 1/4 inches, 2 lipped; upper lip 2 lobed, lower lip 3 lobed with protruding stamens and style, whorled in long clusters. Attracts Butterflies & Humming birds, drought tolerant when established but should be watered during extended dry spells to enhance flowering. Full sun to light, intermittent shade.

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