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Asclepias californica ssp. californica

Asclepias californica Greene ssp. californica

California Milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Perennial gray-green, woolly herb growing 2-3 ft. high with opposite ovate leaves on a short pedicel. Infloresecence is terminal or at nodes. Corolla is reflexed and pink, purple or maroon. Hoods surrounding anthers not elevated above corolla base. Fruit is a narrow pod containing many silky seeds. Occurs in northern Southwestern California Region and the Desert Province. (Bibref: 1052, Webref: 36).


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Stems decumbent to ascending, up to about 3 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Native Habitat: Flats, grassy or brushy hillsides.

Web Reference

Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-12-10
Research By: ENH

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