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Asclepias angustifolia ~ Arizona Milkweed

Asclepias angustifolia is found in the border counties in the Southwest portion of Arizona. The range of Arizona Milkweed extends into Mexico where it is much more common. Asclepias angustifolia produces its white flowers with a flush of pink from late spring to the end of Summer. Asclepias angustifolia grows to 2 feet tall with narrow opposite leaves, typically with White to pink flowers and many stems per plant. Asclepias angustifolia is a great nectar source for native bees. Asclepias angustifolia grows in desert riparian zones in sun and shade from dry slopes down to in or near the water. The milkweeds are a frequent food and nectar source for the Acmon Blue, Gray Hairstreak, Hedgerow Hairstreak, Great Purple Hairstreak, Common Buckeye, California Common Ringlet, Giant Swallowtail, as well as the Monarch Butterfly and a great addition to the butterfly garden.

Asclepias angustifolia, Arizona Milkweed

White to pink flowers of Asclepias angustifolia the Arizona Milkweed. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Video of a Monarch Caterpillar and Adult laying eggs on Asclepias fascicularis the Narrowleaf Milkweed. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Tarantula Hawks, Carpenter Bees and Yellow Faced Bumblebees feeding on nectar from Asclepias eriocarpa, Woollypod Milkweed. Milkweeds are important to so much more wildlife beyond butterflies. High resolution videos are part of our garden image collection.

Plants from the old Asclepidacea Family featured on this site. This is now considered a subfamily in the Apocynaceae Family or Dogbane Family. This is relevant because these plants are nectar and caterpillar food for the Monarch Butterflies:
Asclepias angustifolia * Arizona Milkweed
Asclepias californica * California Milkweed
Asclepias cordifolia * Purple Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica * Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica Red Butterflies * Red Butterflies Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica Silky Gold * Silky Gold Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias eriocarpa * Woollypod Milkweed, Indian Milkweed, Kotolo Milkweed
Aslepias erosa * Desert Milkweed
Asclepias fascicularis * Narrow Leaf Milkweed
Asclepias linaria * Pine Needle Milkweed
Asclepias speciosa * Showy Milkweed
Asclepias subulata * Rush Milkweed, Skeleton Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa * Butterfly Weed
Other milkweed relatives:
Araujia sericifera * Bladder Vine, Cruel Vine, Moth Vine
Gomphocarpus fruticosus * Swan Milkweed, Narrow Leaf Cotton Plant
Gomphocarpus physocarpus * Family Jewels, Hairy Balls
Hoya carnosa * Wax Vine