Asclepias californica

Asclepias californica

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California Milkweed

A California Native milkweed that is the host of monarch butterflies throughout its entire life.  The leaves are thick and woolly.  The flowers are a dark pink.  This milkweed can reach a height of up to three feet tall and wide.  

The Kawaiisu tribes of California ate California Milkweed as candy, when cooked, the milky sap is flavorful and chewy.

Plant with: Madrone (Arbutus menziesii), Pines (Pinus sp.), Junipers (Juniperus sp.), Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.), Ceanothus sp., Oaks (Quercus sp.), and Coyote Brush (Baccharis sp.). Also include other butterfly-attracting herbs such as members of the Asteraceae family, other Milkweeds (Asclepias fascicularis or speciosa), thistles (Cirsium sp.), Buckwheat (Eriogonum sp.), Mint (Monardella sp.), and Sage (Salvia sp.)

- Best in full sun

- Water well for the first month

- Attracts birds and butterflies

- Drought tolerant

- Hardy up to 5 degrees

- Toxic

- California Native