Mexican Milkweed, Bloodflower, Chinese Milkweed, Ma Li Jin. Originating from the Carribean and South America and used in Native American and Chinese herbal formulas. Extract of the root has been used historically to expel worms, induce vomiting, lower fevers, get rid of warts, and stimulate the heart. Can be poisonous in high dosages, the milky sap from the stem is quite toxic. Extremely showy reddish orange/blood red flowers with bright yellow centers on 2 to 3 foot stems with attractive lance shaped leaves. This Tropical perennial will over-winter in milder areas and self seeds as well. Blood flower is an important nectar source for butterflies, including Monarchs, bees, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects. Thrives in a garden situation with full sun and regular watering. Can tolerate light frost and will self sow. Hardy Annual Hardy to zone 8.