Asclepias fascicularis

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Asclepias fascicularis
Asclepias fascicularis
Asclepias fascicularis

Botanical Name: Asclepias fascicularis
Common Name: Narrow Leaf Milkweed

Forage source for the Monarch butterfly and Striated Queen. Host plant for Monarch caterpillars. Interesting button flowers; usually forms small colonies. Adaptable to most conditions. Orioles use dry stems for nesting.

Plant Family: Asclepiadaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: Flower spikes to 4' H
Growth Habit: Forms colony
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White with pink
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Throughout CA except on coast and deserts
Natural Habitat: Dry ground, valleys, foothills. Elevation: 150-600'.

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.