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Asclepias albicans

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Species Name: Asclepias albicans
Common Name: White-Stemmed or Wax Milkweed

This desert milkweed can grow to 8 feet tall. Like other native milkweeds, it is an important forage source for the Monarch butterfly and Striated Queen.

Plant Family: Asclepiadaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 8' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 3,000'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Deserts
Natural Habitat: Dry washes, gravelly slopes. Elevation: 600-3,000'

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