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Asclepias labriformis (Utah milkweed)
Cressler, Alan

Asclepias labriformis

Asclepias labriformis M.E. Jones

Utah Milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

"Erect and upright perennial to 50 cm, with smooth stems as it gets older. Leaves: The leathery leaves are opposite to almost opposite with the blades less than 6 inches long and never more than three-quarters of an inch wide, with a patch of hair at the base of the midrib. Flowers: The umbels have a gently rounded flat top and bear a few to many yellowish flowers. The faintly scented flowers are creamy yellow to yellowish-green and are each less than a half-inch across. Fruits: The smooth pods are pendulous and 1-3 inches long." (Webref 23)

"Cronquist, et al. (1984) noted that it is considered one of the most poisonous of all western range plants and is endemic to Utah." (Webref 23)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Creamy yellow to yellowish green.


Native Distribution: Endemic to Utah.
Native Habitat: "Found in dry sandy soils along washes where there is moist subsoil, from 3,500- 7,000 ft (1067-2143 m)" (Webref 23)

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Sources for seed of Utah native Asclepias labriformis
January 08, 2006
Hi there, I am looking for seeds of the plant "Asclepias labriformis" which is native to Utah. Can you help me to find seeds from this plant?
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Web Reference

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-10-04
Research By: DEW, NH

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