EPPO Global Database

Asclepias curassavica(ASCCU)

Code created in: 2004-05-02

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: ASCCU
  • Preferred name: Asclepias curassavica
  • Authority: Linnaeus


Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, South America (northern to Paraguay). Cultivated as an ornamental. Introduced in Spain, Morocco, Greece, Canary Islands, and possibly other Euromediterranean countries, Western Asia (Iraq), Himalayas, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indochina, Malesia, China (including Taiwan, Tibet), Japan, coastal West Africa to Zaïre to eastern Africa and Mozambique, USA (southern), South America (Argentina), Australia (Western, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales)  

WSSA list of weeds in North America

Regulated as an invasive species in Poland

Common names
Name Language
bastard ipecacuanha English
blood flower English
blood-flower milkweed English (US)
butterfly weed English (US)
Indian root English
Mexican milkweed English
orange milkweed English
red-head cottonbush English (AU)
silk flower English
Curaçao-Seidenpflanze German
Seidenpflanze German
asclépiade de Curaçao French
herbe à sang French
ipéca sauvage French
algodoncilla Spanish
bandera española Spanish (AR)
bencenuco Spanish (CO)
calentura Spanish
corcolito Spanish
flor de la bandera española Spanish
flor de la seda Spanish
flor de sangre Spanish
flor de sapo Spanish (HN)
flor de seda Spanish (BO)
fosforito Spanish (BO)
hierba de cantil Spanish (CO)
mal casada Spanish (CO)
mata caballo Spanish
palomitas Spanish (CO)
sangria Spanish (CO)
señorita Spanish (CO)
viborán Spanish
vinorama Spanish (HN)
vivorana Spanish (MX)
yerba de la calentura Spanish (CU)
yuquilla Spanish
yuquillo Spanish
ipecauana delle Antille Italian
pianta della seta a fiori rossi Italian
algodão-de-seda Portuguese (BR)
asclépias Portuguese
capitão-de-sala Portuguese (BR)
cega-olho Portuguese (BR)
erva-de-rato falso Portuguese (BR)
flor-de-sangue Portuguese
margaridinha Portuguese (BR)
oficial-da-sala Portuguese
oficial-de-sala Portuguese (BR)
paira-de-sapo Portuguese (BR)
planta-da-seda Portuguese
asukurepiasu Japanese
tôwata Japanese
アスクレピアス Japanese
トウワタ Japanese
ваточник кюрасавский Russian
mǎ lì jīn Chinese
马利筋 Chinese