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Asclepias welshii (Welsh's milkweed)
Cressler, Alan

Asclepias welshii

Asclepias welshii N.H. Holmgren & P.K. Holmgren

Welsh's Milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)


USDA Symbol: ASWE3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Welsh's milkweed is an herbaceous perennial with extremely hairy and broad ovate leaves. Cream-colored flowers with rose-tinged centers are produced in a ball shaped cluster from May to June. Large seeds with rudimentary tufts of hairs develop and are dispersed from July to early September.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


Native Habitat: A. welshii grows on active sand dunes in sagebrush, juniper, and ponderosa pine communities, between 4700 and 6250 ft in elevation (NatureServe 2001).

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered Status

USFWS Species Profile: Q25M
Status: Threatened
Historic Range: U.S.A. (AZ, UT)
Critical Habitat: 17.96(a)
Special Rules: N/A
This information is derived from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serrvice Environmental Conservation Online System.

Web Reference

Webref 8 - National Collection of Endangered Plants (2012) The Center for Plant Conservation
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-03-09
Research By: DEW

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