Asclepias californica

California milkweed

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 3' X 2'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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California milkweed thrives hot, dry, mountainous sites from the Diablo Range south into Baja. The gray fuzzy leaves are an obvious adaptation to these arid settings. California milkweed’s silvery stems and leaves grow along the ground then turn upward before producing striking magenta flowers. The combination makes for one of the most attractive blooms among California’s milkweed species. California milkweed appreciates a sunny setting. It is adaptable to various soil types and drainages. California milkweed will go semi-deciduous in late summer, returning in an expanding patch in the spring.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous