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Asclepias californica (California milkweed)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Asclepias californica

Asclepias californica Greene

California milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)


USDA Symbol: ASCA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A reclining to erect, white-woolly plant with milky sap.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: reddish purple


Native Distribution: Central California and south, excluding Central Valley.
Native Habitat: Dry slopes, 6007,000 (182-2,134 m).

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special 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.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Asclepias californica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asclepias californica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asclepias californica


Record Modified: 2016-08-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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