Asclepias cordifolia

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Botanical Name: Asclepias cordifolia
Common Name: Purple or Heartleaf Milkweed

Found in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges, this milkweed was valued by the Native American Miwok tribe for its stems, which they dried and processed into string and rope. A single Miwok feather skirt or cape was made with approximately 100 feet of cordage, requiring about 500 plant stalks. Monarch butterflies use this as a host plant. This plant is mildly toxic.

Plant Family: Asclepiadaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 3' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Reclining to upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 6,600'
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Purplish--dark purple
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northwestern California, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada. Found Outside California: Oregon, Nevada
Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes, talus, woods, chaparral, lava flows. Elevation: 160 - 6,600'

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