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Asclepias californica

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Botanical Name: Asclepias californica
Common Name: California Milkweed

Densely hairy perennial herb with groups of pretty purple flowers. Likes dry slopes. Forage source for the Monarch and Striated Queen butterflies.

Plant Family: Asclepiadaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 3' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Reclining to upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 6,500'
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Purplish--dark purple
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Central and southern Sierra Nevada foothills, Central West, South West, Desert; northern Baja CA.
Natural Habitat: Flats, grassy or brushy hillsides. Elevation: 600 - 6,500'

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