Asclepias californica Greene
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
USDA Symbol: ASCA3
Asclepias californica is a gray, very wooly-haired perennial in this family growing up to two feet high with large, opposite leaves. The flowers are pink to purple or maroon, and the expanded structure between the anthers on the central column is hoodlike, dark purple, and situated lower than the anthers. The fruit is narrow and podlike with numerous silky-haired seeds. (Bibref 1052)
Some of the milkweeds were used in early days for healing cuts and treating rheumatism. (Bibref 1052)
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Bloom InformationBloom 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, 600–7,000 (182-2,134 m).
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.
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording 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
BibliographyBibref 1052 - Introduction to California Spring Wildflowers of the Foothills, Valleys, and Coast (2004) Munz, P. A. ; D. Lake; P. M. Faber
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Asclepias californica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asclepias californica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asclepias californica
MetadataRecord Modified: 2017-08-07
Research By: TWC Staff, NH