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Milkweed, Native Narrowleaf

Milkweed, Native Narrowleaf

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ABOUT THIS PLANT

Botanic Name: Asclepias fascicularis
Common Names: Narrowleaf Milkweed,
Native to: California
Lifespan: Perennial, dormant in winter
Growth Structure: 2-4 tall bush

Fertility Preference: ★ ★ ★ ★
Water Preference: ★ ★ ★ ★
Sun & Light Preference:

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Narrow leaf milkweed does best in a sunny spot where regular and deep water is present. It can tolerate most types of soils including salt in the soil.

DESCRIPTION

California's narrow-leaved Milkweed has narrow leaves and a wider native range and a whole lot more garden tolerance than most of the other native species. Asclepias fascicularis is a perennial with three foot tall stem and large (but narrow) five inch leaves, and a five inch or so flower cluster. In our area, this plant is covered with monarch caterpillars during the summer. The Orioles use the dead stems for nests the next spring. (The matter looks like fiberglass.) Milkweeds need sun (less flowers in the shade) and can be quite drought tolerant, plant; mulch heavily,or better yet, plant next to boulder, water well first month and ignore. Asclepias fascicularis can tolerate some pretty awful coastal clays that are sour bogs in winter and salty toast in summer. Native from Southeast Washington and adjacent Idaho through California, Oregon, into Baja California and west into Nevada. 

The alkaloids associated with this milkweed and other milkweeds give the monarch and other butterflies that feed on it protection from predators. Alkaloids from the wrong milkweed (South American, Mexican, etc.) can expose the butterflies to predation. If the monarch or other butterfly has not evolved with the milkweed they may have limited tolerance for the particular alkaloid or latex of the plant species. The California flyway runs from Baja to Canada, it does not include Mexico proper nor Central America.

Asclepias fascicularis tolerates clay and seasonal flooding.
Asclepias fascicularis is great for a bird garden and a butterfly garden.
Asclepias fascicularis's foliage color is green and type is deciduous.
Asclepias fascicularis's flower color is white.

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