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Mojave Milkweed
Asclepias nyctaginifolia
About Mojave Milkweed (Asclepias nyctaginifolia) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Asclepias nyctaginifolia is a species of milkweed known by the common name Mojave milkweed. It is native to the southwestern United States from California to New Mexico, where it grows mainly in desert habitat. This is a perennial herb growing up to about half a meter in maximum height when erect, but often bending or drooping. The thick leaves are oval to lance-shaped and arranged in opposite pairs about the stem. The leaves and stem are generally slightly hairy. The flower cluster is a dense umbel up to 8 centimeters wide and packed with pink-tinted pale green flowers. The fruit is a large follicle up to 9 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

1.6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Green, White, Purple, Pink

Wildlife Supported

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Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry slopes and washes

Annual Precipitation: 5.3" - 21.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.51" - 2.59", Coldest Month: 44.0" - 52.6", Hottest Month: 68.1" - 78.6", Humidity: 3.91" - 30.90", Elevation: 2682" - 5336"

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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