Asclepias subulata
Desert Milkweed

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Deer ResistantPart ShadeBird Friendly
Desert Milkweed
Asclepias subulata

Desert milkweed makes a strong architectural statement. Groups of slim, gray-green branches rise 3’ tall and flower with cream-colored blooms. Important larval food plant for both Queens and Monarchs. Plant among rocks along a simulated arroyo, or along any pathway with a desert plant palette.

A vital larval food source for Queens and Monarchs
Strong nectar source for many native insects
Unique form makes it a landscape standout
Very drought tolerant
Tolerates full sun and reflective heat
Tarantula hawks love the nectar

Native Range

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Interesting Facts

Butterflies use their tarsi or "feet" as taste receptors. When they contact sweet liquids such as nectar butterflies extend their proboscis to eat the nectar sensed by the taste receptors.


There is normally no pruning to be done, but every few years the plant may be cut to the ground in late winter to renew itself. Fertilizing is not necessary. Use as an accent plant, in the swimming pool area, butterfly garden, cactus or native plant garden. 

Mature Size: 3-4ft. Tall x 3-4ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 9-11

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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