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Asclepias eriocarpa Benth.
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
Synonym(s): Asclepias eriocarpa var. microcarpa, Asclepias fremontii
USDA Symbol: ASER
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
The plant, except for the flowers, is covered with fine hairs giving it a silvery tint. The hairs on the seed pods are long, giving a woolly appearance, hence the common name. The plant stands erect with flowers born on stout and relatively long pedicels that arise from leaf axils at the top of the plant. The flowers have a waxy odor (Webref 20).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite , Whorled
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Lanceolate , Ovate
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Leaf: Leaves are ovate to lance shaped, long 3-5 in (7 1/2 - 13 cm), and broad with margins somewhat undulating or rippled. The covering of dense white hairs gives the leaves a greenish/silvery appearance (Webref 20).
Flower: Pink, white, or cream colored. Corollas fold back so that the hoods stand erect over them. Horns come out of the hoods. One umbel, contains 15 +/- flowers and can be 4-5 in (10-13 cm) in diameter (Webref 20).
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: CA , NV
Native Distribution: California, Nevada and Baja, Mexico.
Native Habitat: Clay soils, dry regions, flats, rocky hillsides, woods, and deserts.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Conditions Comments: Not shade tolerant, needs full sun.
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.
Web ReferenceWebref 20 - Milkweed Profiles (0) Monarch Watch
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Asclepias eriocarpa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asclepias eriocarpa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asclepias eriocarpa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-10-10
Research By: DEW