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Narrowleaf Milkweed, 'Asclepias fascicularis'

Narrowleaf Milkweed, 'Asclepias fascicularis'

NOTE: Due to extreme heat during Summer months, we DO NOT ship plant outside of California during Summer. If you are outside of CA and place an order, we will hold your entire order until temperatures decline.
This plant IS available for shipping ONLY in 3 inch pot and 1 gallon pot sizes.

Regular price $8.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $8.00 USD
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3 inch Pot - 8 to 12" tall plant in 6" diameter x 7" tall pot. SHIPPABLE

1 gallon Pot - 8 to 16" tall plant in 5" x 5" x 6" tall pot. SHIPPABLE

Small Tree Pot - 8 to 16" tall plant in 5" x 5" x 6" tall pot. SHIPPABLE

Large Tree Pot - 8 to 16" tall plant in 5" x 5" x 12" tall pot. SHIPPABLE

3 gallon Pot - 18 to 36" tall plant in 10" diameter x 8" tall pot. IN STORE ONLY

5 gallon Pot - 30" to 60" tall plant in 11" diameter x 10" tall pot. IN STORE ONLY

15 gallon Pot - 60" to 75" tall plant in 17" diameter x 15" tall pot. IN STORE ONLY

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.


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.


Botanic Name: Asclepias fascicularis
Tongva Name: N/A
Common Names: Narrowleaf Milkweed,

Lifespan: Perennial, dormant in winter
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3-Zone 11
Fruiting Season: Flowers appear in the summer into fall.
Growth Structure: 2-4 tall bush

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

Fruiting Season: Flowers appear in the summer into fall.
Dormancy: Winter Dormant
Cold Tolerance: 5°F
Flowers? Yes, White, pink, lavender
Edible? No
Native to: California
Recommended Size for Container Growing: 5 Gallon

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