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Asclepias subulata (Desert Milkweed)

Asclepias subulata
Rush Milkweed, Desert Milkweed, Ajamete, Skeleton Milkweed

This plant occurs in dry washes and on rocky slopes below 3,000 feet in the far Southwest. It has an erect, vertical form, with a dense cluster of gray-green herbaceous stems. It is virtually leafless, as short- lived leaves appear on new growth but drop quickly. Terminal clusters of pale yellow flowers appear intermittently from spring until fall. The unusual flowers are followed by pairs of ornamental, horn-shaped seed pods. This clean plant is ideal for use around swimming pools. Desert milkweed thrives in full sun and reflected heat, and requires good drainage.

Plant Type Native, Perennial
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 9 (20° F)
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Season Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Growth Rate Moderate
Height 2' - 4' (ft)
Spread 2' - 4' (ft)
Spacing 36" - 48" (in)
Characteristics Evergreen, Showy
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Pollinators
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN

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