Asclepias curassavica – Scarlet Milkweed

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Natural History: A non-native plant from Central and South America, now widespread in India around human habitations and dry deciduous forests, especially around rivers, lakes and other water bodies.



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Kawthankar, N. and Kunte, K. 2024. Asclepias curassavica L. – Scarlet Milkweed. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/07/22.