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Asclepias eriocarpa


(Indian Milkweed) It's the hairy, minty green foliage of Asclepias eriocarpa -- not its star-like, pink and cream flowers filled with nectar -- that is most valuable to Monarch butterflies.

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Degree of Difficulty
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
Best of Class
Best of Class
We believe this to be the best easy to grow dry-loving Milkweed.
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This plant is sensitive to overwatering and wet soils.
Common name
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Indian Milkweed
USDA Zones
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
4 - 9
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Full sun
Soil type
This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
Well drained
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Drought resistant
Pot size
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in.
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
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(Indian Milkweed) It's the hairy, minty green foliage of Asclepias eriocarpa -- not its star-like, pink and cream flowers filled with nectar -- that is most valuable to Monarch butterflies.

Monarchs almost exclusively lay eggs on Milkweed foliage so their caterpillars will eat the leaves when they hatch. They consume powerful chemicals in the bitter white sap that make them unappealing to predators throughout their lives.

If you live in the Monarch's western flyway from Mexico northward through California and the Pacific Northwest, Indian Milkweed is a good host plant for your wildlife garden. However, its chemicals aren't as protective for Monarchs that travel the eastern flyway, which includes the Midwest.

Monarchs migrating through the Rocky Mountain West may be strays from either the western or eastern groups.

Native to California, the western edge of Nevada and Baja, Mexico, Asclepias eriocarpa is sometimes called California Milkweed or Woollypod Milkweed. The common name Indian Milkweed is due to the plant's historical use by various California tribes, including the Ohlone.

Butterflies love the nectar of this summer-blooming perennial, which tolerates drought, heat and cold. Give it full sun and well-drained soil. Expect deer to avoid it.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  What you will recieve is a very well established root system.  The foliege will not be cosmetically perfect, and it is only in the second year, once planted out in the ground, that this species will attain its full potential.  There is often very little above ground activity in the year in which this is planted.