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Asclepias asperula

Family: Apocynaceae


Native to: Western United States


Form: erect

Max height: 2.0 feet





Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bee, specific butterfly species

Exposure: sun

Propagates by: seed

flowers in spring

Water: drought tolerant

Butterflies that feed on this plant

Abaeis nicippe

Achalarus albociliatus

Achalarus lyciades

Agraulis vanillae

Anartia fatima

Apodemia chisosensis

Apodemia mejicanus

Apodemia nais

Apodemia palmeri

Apodemia virgulti

Ascia monuste

Asterocampa celtis

Atalopedes campestris

Atrytone arogos

Atrytone deleware

Atrytonopsis deva

Atrytonopsis python

Autochton cellus

Battus philenor

Battus polydamas

Brephidium exilis

Burnsius albezens

Calephelis arizonensis

Calephelis borealis

Calephelis virginiensis

Calycopis cecrops

Celastrina ladon

Chlosyne janais

Chlosyne nycteis

Colias eurytheme

Colias philodice

Copaeodes minima

Cupido comyntas

Cyaniris neglecta

Cyanophrys miserabilis

Cymaenes odilia subsp. trebius

Danaus eresimus

Danaus gilippus

Danaus plexippus

Echinargus isola

Emesis ares

Emesis emesia

Emesis muticum

Epargyreus clarus

Erora laeta

Euphydryas phaeton

Euphyes bimacula

Euphyes conspicua

Euphyes dion

Euphyes dukesi

Euphyes vestris

Euptoieta claudia

Eurema mexicana

Eyphyes conspicua

Fixsenia favonius

Fixsenia polingi

Hesperia attalus

Hesperia meskei

Hesperia ottoe

Hesperia viridis

Icaricia icarioides

Incisalia niphon

Junonia coenia

Junonia evarete

Lerodea arabus

Lerodea eufala

Lethe eurydice

Lethe eurydice subsp. appalachia

Limenitis archippus

Limenitis arthemis

Lon taxiles

Lon zabulon

Lycaena dione

Lycaena hyllus

Lycaena phlaeas

Mastor aenus

Mastor aesculapius

Mastor cassus

Mastor celia

Mastor celia subsp. belli

Mastor elissa

Mastor exoteria

Mastor fimbriata

Mastor vialis

Mitoura gryneus

Nymphalis antiopa

Ochlodes sylvanoides

Panoquina ocola

Panoquina panoquin

Papilio andraemon

Papilio canadensis

Papilio cresphontes

Papilio eurymedon

Papilio glaucus

Papilio multicaudata

Papilio palamedes

Papilio polyxenes

Papilio rutulus

Papilio troilus

Papilio zelicaon

Parrhasius m-album

Phoebis neocypris

Phoebis sennae

Phyciodes tharos

Pieris rapae

Plebejus acmon

Poanes massasoit

Polites coras

Polites mystic

Polites origenes

Polites themistocles

Polygonia comma

Polygonia progne

Pompeius verna

Pontia protodice

Problema bulenta

Protographium marcellus

Pyrgus communis

Pyrrhopyge araxes

Sandia mcfarlandi

Satyrium acadica

Satyrium calanus

Satyrium caryaevorus

Satyrium edwardsii

Satyrium liparops

Satyrium titus

Speyeria aphrodite

Speyeria atlantis

Speyeria cybele

Speyeria diana

Speyeria edwardsii

Speyeria idalia

Strymon kingi

Strymon melinus

Strymon saepium

Thecla ilavia

Thessalia leanira

Thorybes daunus

Thorybes drusius

Thorybes pylades

Thymelicus lineola

Vanessa atalanta

Vanessa cardui

Vanessa virginiensis

Vernia verna

Wallengrenia egeremet

Yvretta carus

Zerene cesonia

Asclepias asperula, called spider milkweed, is a native US plant that grows in nearly every western state - Ca, Nv, Ut, NM, Az, Co, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Numerous butterflies feed on Asclepias. At the time of this writing, one seed source was found for this plant. It is a tough wildflower that is partial to dry conditons. The flower, both in form and pigmentation, is quite similar to another native, A. virdis, that grows in the south-eastern US.

LevyRat took this photo with a bee nectaring on the plant.
The other a creative commons image was taken at Zion National Park.