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Asclepias linearis (Slim milkweed)
Carr, Bill

Asclepias linearis

Asclepias linearis Scheele

Slim Milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

"Stems erect, usually 20-50 cm tall, glabrous or inconspicuously pubescent; leaves sessile or subsessile; leaf blades linear, 1-4 mm wide; umbels axillary on upper part of stem; corolla lobes greenish white (rarely brownish or purplish); gynostegium white; hoods with horns." (Bibref 281)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Shape: Linear
Inflorescence: Axillary , Terminal
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


Native Distribution: "Endemic to TX from coast n to Dallas Co." (Bibref 281)
Native Habitat: "Prairies." (Bibref 281)

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special 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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX


Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston
Bibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2017-08-08
Research By: TWC Staff, NH

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