Asclepias albicans S. Watson
White-stemmed Milkweed, Whitestem milkweed
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
USDA Symbol: ASAL
Tall, leafless, waxy-white stems with woolly umbels of whitish, star-like flowers on branches near top; sap milky.
The genus was named in honor of Asclepiades, a physician in ancient Greece, undoubtedly because some species have long been used to treat a variety of ailments. The similar Rush Milkweed (A. subulata) is found in the same region in desert washes and on sandy flats; it is distinguished by its narrow, erect hoods, which are about as long as its petals.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA
Native Distribution: Southeastern California and southwestern Arizona south to northwestern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Dry rocky places in deserts.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Asclepias albicans in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asclepias albicans in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asclepias albicans
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff