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Asclepias albicans S. Watson
White-stemmed Milkweed, Whitestem milkweed
USDA Symbol: asal
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
, CA Native Distribution:
Southeastern California and southwestern Arizona south to northwestern Mexico. Native Habitat:
Dry rocky places in deserts.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff