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Brighten Your Garden with the Radiant Asclepias Yellow Flowered Blood Flower Plant

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Original price Rs. 199.00
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Common name:
Asclepias Yellow Flowered, Blood Flower Yellow
Regional name:
Marathi- Haldi Kunku, Hindi- Kakatundi, Punjabi- Kakatundi, Sanskrit - Kakatundi
Shrubs, Flowering Pot Plants, Groundcovers, Water & Aquatic Plants
Asclepiadaceae or Hoya family

Introduction to Asclepias 'Yellow Flower'

Asclepias, commonly known as milkweed or butterfly weed, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Apocynaceae. The 'Yellow Flower' variety is a popular cultivar with bright yellow flowers that attract pollinators and provide a valuable source of nectar.

Growing Conditions and Requirements

  • Light: Asclepias 'Yellow Flower' prefers full sun, with at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.
  • Soil: Well-draining, loamy to sandy soil is best. The plant is drought-tolerant and can grow in poor soil conditions.
  • Water: Water regularly during the growing season, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Reduce watering in winter.
  • Temperature: This plant can tolerate a wide range of temperatures but thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones 4-9.
  • Fertilization: Asclepias typically does not require much fertilization. A slow-release, balanced fertilizer can be applied in early spring if desired.

Planting and Propagation

  • Seed sowing: Sow seeds indoors 8-12 weeks before the last frost, or direct sow outdoors after the risk of frost has passed.
  • Stratification: Cold stratification (3-4 weeks in the refrigerator) can improve germination rates.
  • Transplanting: Transplant seedlings outdoors after the last frost, spacing them 12-24 inches apart.

Pruning and Maintenance

  • Deadheading: Remove spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming.
  • Pruning: Prune back any dead or damaged stems in late winter or early spring.
  • Pests and Diseases: Monitor for aphids, milkweed bugs, and spider mites. Use organic or chemical controls as needed. Asclepias is generally resistant to most diseases, but keep an eye out for fungal infections.

Benefits of Asclepias 'Yellow Flower'

  • Pollinator Attraction: This plant is a magnet for pollinators, especially butterflies and bees.
  • Caterpillar Host: Milkweed is the primary host plant for the Monarch butterfly caterpillar.
  • Low Maintenance: Asclepias 'Yellow Flower' requires minimal care and is drought-tolerant, making it a great addition to low-maintenance gardens.
  • Erosion Control: The deep root system of Asclepias helps prevent soil erosion, making it suitable for planting on slopes or in erosion-prone areas.

Landscape Uses Asclepias 'Yellow Flower' can be used in a variety of landscaping applications, such as:

  • Butterfly gardens
  • Pollinator gardens
  • Perennial borders
  • Wildflower meadows
  • Xeriscaping
  • Naturalized areas