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Care of the plant Asclepias or Milkweeds.

Care of the plant Asclepias or Milkweeds

The genus Asclepias, family Apocynaceae, comprises 150 species of herbaceous and perennial plants native to southern Europe, southern Africa, North America and Central America. Some species are: Asclepias curassavica, Asclepias syriaca, Asclepias tuberosa, Asclepias speciosa, Asclepias incarnata, Asclepias vincetoxicum.

Common name: Milkweeds.

They are herbaceous plants that reach 1 meter in height. They have leaves of 15 cm in length, opposite and lanceolate in shape. The most attractive are its small flowers gathered in umbels; They can be yellow, red, white or orange, depending on the species.

They are used to form groups and for borders. They can also be grown in pots.

Milkweeds need a semi-shade or shade exposure if the weather is very hot. They do not resist frost.

The ideal soil would be a garden substrate, with 1/4 peat, 1/4 humus and 1/4 coarse sand.

Water frequently so that the soil is always wet.

Fertilize in the spring with mineral fertilizer and in the fall with compost.

They propagate by seeds sown in spring or by division also in spring.

Images of the plant Asclepias or Milkweeds

Asclepias curassavica
Asclepias curassavica
Asclepias curassavica
Asclepias curassavica
Asclepias curassavica
Asclepias tuberosa
Asclepias tuberosa
 

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