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Asclepias subulata      
Desert Milkweed    
Asclepidaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


flower and butterfly
flower (and friend) on Asclepias subulata
Form: twiggy shrub, usually leafless
Seasonality: stems evergreen; in leaf only briefly
Size: to 4ft, spread to 4ft from cluster at base
Leaves: rarely present; thin, to 1.4in long
Flowers: yellow, tubular; spring to late fall
Fruit: flat black seeds in pod
Stems/Trunks: green or gray-green twiggy stems; thick milky sap
Range/Origin: Sonoran deserts; Baja California
Hardiness: to 25°F


Desert milkweed
Asclepias subulata in typical leafless form



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