Not native to Florida
An occasional milkweed of the central and southern Florida peninsula plus Leon & Jefferson Counties. Native to tropical America, it is also found in Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas and California.
Scarlet milkweed has flowers typical of this genus, with reflexed reddish-yellow to orange petals. The inflorescence is in terminal umbels and can appear all year. Leaves are opposite, entire, petioled, lanceolate to elliptic and more than 1 cm (3/8 in.) wide. Typically grows up to about a meter (just over 3 feet) tall.
Asclepias curassavica is a member of the Apocynaceae - Dogbane family.
Other species of the Asclepias genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Asclepias cinerea - CAROLINA MILKWEED
Asclepias curtissii - CURTISS' MILKWEED
Asclepias humistrata - PINEWOODS MILKWEED
Asclepias lanceolata - FEWFLOWER MILKWEED
Asclepias longifolia - LONGLEAF MILKWEED
Asclepias michauxii - MICHAUX'S MILKWEED
Asclepias pedicellata - SAVANNAH MILKWEED
Asclepias perennis - SWAMP MILKWEED
Asclepias tomentosa - VELVETLEAF MILKWEED
Asclepias tuberosa - BUTTERFLY WEED
Asclepias verticillata - WHORLED MILKWEED
Asclepias viridiflora - GREEN MILKWEED
Date record last modified: Mar 22, 2020