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Products > Tweedia caerulea
 
Tweedia caerulea - Blue Flowered Milkweed

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Apocynaceae (Dogbanes & Milkweeds)
Origin: Brazil (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Oxypetalum caeruleum]
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Tweedia caerulea (Blue Flowered Milkweed) - This twining perennial from Brazil and Uruguay grows 2-3 feet on its own and can reach to 10 feet with support. It has 4 inch long gray-green leaves that, like the stems and inflorescence, are covered with fine soft hair. In the summer appear the clusters of star-shaped pale blue flowers with darker turquoise centers that are followed by 4 inch long pods. Plant in full sun and irrigate regularly. Although evergreen it is best to tidy up this plant by cutting it back in early spring. It is often plagued late season by orange aphids which although look somewhat attractive juxtaposed against the blue flowers, should be hosed off or otherwise treated. What color blue is this plant? It sure is fantastic and we have heard some people refer to it as "yuppie blue".  This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Tweedia caerulea.