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Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias Curassavica)

Where in the World is Tropical Milkweed Native?

Asclepias curassavica, commonly known as Tropical Milkweed, Mexican Butterflyweed, Bloodflower, or Scarlet Milkweed, is technically native to the Neotropical Realm, which includes several countries in the Americas and the United States.

Tropical Milkweed’s native range includes the following continents (and countries, states):

1. North America (including half of Mexico and South Florida)

2. Central America (including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama)

3. South America (including Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela)

Weather systems can spread anemochoric (wind-dispersed) plant species like A. curassavica over the entire Carribean Bioregion (darkest), and possibly beyond.

Asclepias curassavica has also been introduced to other regions beyond its native range due to its attractiveness to butterflies and its use as an ornamental plant.

By better understanding the various Milkweed species, we can help maintain and even restore Milkweed Butterflies like the Monarchone day at a time!

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