Asclepias asperula

Family: Apocynaceae

Common names: COMMON MILKWEED, MILKWEEDS

Native to: Western United States

Plant

Form: erect

Max height: 2.0 feet

Flower

Leaf

green

Horticulture

Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bee, specific butterfly species

Exposure: sun

Propagates by: seed

flowers in spring

Water: drought tolerant

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.

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Bee on antelope horn april 2015