Botanical Name: Asclepias subulata
 Common Name: Desert Milkweed
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Succulent

 

Height Range

3-6'

 

Flower Color

White

 

Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

 

Leaf Color

Grey Green

 

Bark Color

 

Fruit Color

n/a

 

Fruit Season

n/a

Sun

 

Water

Very Low

 

Growth Rate

Moderate

 

Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular

 

Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained

 

Soil pH

Neutral, Basic

 

Adverse Factors

Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish, Wild Garden

 

Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage, Unusual Shape

 

Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall

 

Location Uses

Background, Entry, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, With Rocks

 

Special Uses

Filler, Naturalizing, Small Spaces

 

Attracts Wildlife

Butterflies

Information by: Kathleen Moore

Photographer: Mountain States Nursery

  • Description

  • Notes

Herbaceous upright succulent grows at a moderate rate to 3' x 3'. Basically leafless, gray green stems provide a strong vertical accent for landscapes. White flowers borne in clusters spring to fall. Accepts reflected sun. Native to the Sonoran Desert. Butterfly and hummingbird attractor. Larval food of the Monarch Butterfly.
Frost tolerant to 20 F. Also try Asclepias linaria.