Asclepias erosa

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Botanical Name: Asclepias erosa
Common Name: Desert Milkweed

Native to southern California, Arizona, and northern Baja California, where it is most abundant in the desert regions. This milkweed is a perennial herb with erect yellow-green stems and foliage in shades of pale whitish-green to dark green with white veining. It may be hairless to very fuzzy.  The plant is filled with a viscous sap that was roasted to a solid and enjoyed as a sort of chewing gum by local Native American groups.

Plant Family: Asclepiadaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1-3' H x spreading
Growth Habit: Upright, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 5 degrees F
Flower Season: May through July
Flower Color: Yellow to Creme
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Throughout CA
Natural Habitat: Dry slopes, washes. Elevation: 450'–5700'

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