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Asclepias cutleri

Asclepias cutleri Woodson

Cutler's Milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)


USDA Symbol: ASCU9

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

"Very low growing with slender stems. This delicate plant is nearly hairless and produces several few-flowered umbels. Leaves: The leaves are opposite or nearly so, and narrow-about 3 inches in length. Flowers: A few small flowers, purple with white hoods, make up the less than 1-inch diameter umbels. Fruits: Produces small pods 2-3 inches in length about a half inch wide." (Webref 23)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


Native Distribution: "A narrow endemic found only on the Colorado Plateau." (Webref 23)
Native Habitat: "Found on sand dunes in weakly stabilized sand, from 4,000-5,500 ft (1219-1676 m)." (Webref 23)

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2017-08-15
Research By: DEW, NH

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