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Asclepias linaria (Pine-Needle Milkweed)

Pine-Needle Milkweed, Needle-Leaf Milkweed


Asclepias linaria (Pine-Needle Milkweed) is an upright subshrub with many erect or ascending stems bearing soft, finely textured, pine needle-like leaves, 1-2 in. long (2-5 cm), along their length. From winter to fall, small clusters of lightly fragrant, creamy-white flowers are borne at the stem tips. They are a great nectar source for butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects. The blossoms give way to tear-shaped seed follicles that open to release their white plumed seeds. Native to the Southwestern U.S., this perennial wildflower is drought and heat tolerant and makes an attractive desert landscape plant with its interesting shape and unusual flower clusters that attract butterflies and other insects.

  • Grows up to 2-5 ft. tall (60-150 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun or part shade in well-drained soils. Water infrequently to occasionally. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Vital ingredient of butterfly gardens, meadows or prairies. Perfect for the sunny dry garden.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • This plant is slightly poisonous and its sap is a skin irritant.
  • Native to California, Arizona and New Mexico.

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Mostly native to the U.S. and Canada, Asclepias include over 100 species of evergreen or deciduous perennials adorned with clusters of small, interestingly shaped blooms that are irresistible to butterflies. Attractive and easy to grow, they shine in many gardens. However, some basic rules need to be followed to enjoy their splendid flowers.Read More

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Asclepias
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Asclepias
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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