Asclepias fascicularis, commonly known as Narrow-Leaved Milkweed, is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the Asclepiadaceae family. It is native to western North America, particularly in regions like California and parts of neighboring states. It is a herbaceous perennial plant that can grow up to 3 feet (0.9 meters) tall. The leaves are long and narrow, measuring up to 6 inches (15 cm) long and 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) wide. They are a grayish-green color and have a slightly fuzzy texture.
As unique as it sounds, much more unique is its appearance. The color mixture of white and lavender gradient, Asclepias fascicularis leaves no stones unturned in attracting bees and butterflies. Because of the super-unique fragrance of it, the flower can be seen in alluring and luxurious gardens. Grown specifically for hot summer days, the flower of this milkweed variety has the ability to fight drought and other worst-case scenarios.
The flowers of Narrow-Leaved Milkweed are pink to lavender in color and grow in rounded clusters at the top of the stems. They are shaped like a shallow bowl and have five petals that curve backwards. The flowers bloom from mid-spring to mid-summer and are an important nectar source for many species of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.
After the flowers have bloomed, Narrow-Leaved Milkweed produces long, narrow seed pods that can grow up to 5 inches (12 cm) long. The pods are covered in a prickly surface and are filled with numerous flat, brown seeds that are attached to a silky, white fluff. When the pods mature, they split open to release the seeds, which are dispersed by the wind.
Narrow-Leaved Milkweed is adapted to a variety of soil types and can tolerate dry conditions. It is often found in open, sunny areas such as grasslands and meadows. It is a popular plant in gardens and natural areas because of its attractive flowers and its role in supporting pollinators. It is also an important host plant for the monarch butterfly, which lays its eggs on the leaves. The larvae then feed on the leaves before pupating and emerging as adult butterflies. Narrow-Leaved Milkweed is a great addition to native plant gardens or other areas with full sun and well-draining soil.
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Scientific Name: Asclepias Fascicularis
Common Name: Narrow-leaf Milkweed
Plant Type: Perennial Herb
Native Range: California, Utah, etc
Full Growth Height: 1.7-3.3 ft
Width in Across: 1 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Flower: Cluster Form
Pollinators: Sun, Water
Flower Color: White Lavender
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Water Requirement: Moderate
Soil Type: Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Uses: Birds Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Deer Resistant