Asclepias arenaria Torr.
Sand Milkweed, Western Sand Milkweed
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
USDA Symbol: ASAR
"Erect, herbaceous perennial 2-4 feet tall with a stout rootstock; leaves and stems densely woolly; blades broadly ovate, blunt at apex,; flowers clustered in axils of leaves, pale green; fruit erect on deflexed short stalks; infrequent in sandy soil." (Bibref 315) Leaf blades about 5-10 cm long and 3-8 cm wide. (Bibref 281)
As its common name suggests, Asclepias arenaria is found in sandy soil, but is uncommon.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: CO , KS , NE , NM , OK , SD , TX , WY
Native Distribution: Panhandle of Texas; eastern New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming; western Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska; southern South Dakota.
Native Habitat: Sandy soils, spreading to roadsides.
BenefitNectar Source: yes
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.
BibliographyBibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston
Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
Bibref 315 - Wildflowers of the Davis Mountains and the Marathon Basin, Texas (1977) Warnock, B. H.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Asclepias arenaria in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asclepias arenaria in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asclepias arenaria
MetadataRecord Modified: 2018-01-08
Research By: TWC Staff, NH