Desert Milkweed

Asclepias erosa

Desert Milkweed


Common name: Desert Milkweed

Latin name: Asclepias erosa


Color: Cream, greenish white

Height: 18 to more than 36 inches tall.

Description: Cluster/umbel of flowers on white wooly stems and leaves that become smooth with age.

Leaf: 3 to 6 inches, opposite, thick textured, blade lanceolate, sometimes clasping stem.

Range: Southwestern California, White and Inyo Mountains, Deserts.

Habitat: Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Valley Grassland. Dry slopes, washes, along roadsides.

Elevation: 150–1900 m.

Flowering time: May–Jul

Notes: Perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, i.e. Arizona, Baja California; but is confined to western North America. Can cause minor dermatitis. Grows scattered as opposed to occurring in large stands. Photographed Mojave Desert near Hesperia, Calif.

Desert Milkweed

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