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Asclepias fascicularis

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(Narrow Leaf Milkweed) It's the fresh, minty green foliage of Asclepias fascicularis -- not its star-like, pink and cream flowers filled with nectar -- that is most valuable to Monarch butterflies.
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Narrow Leaf Milkweed
USDA Zones
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6 - 9
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
36"/24"/48"
Exposure
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 to partial shade
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
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3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
No
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(Narrow Leaf Milkweed) It's the fresh, minty green foliage of Asclepias fascicularis-- 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 much of the Western US, Asclepias fascicularis is sometimes called California Milkweed because it is so prevalent there. The common name Narrow Leaf Milkweed is due to the plant's distinctive foliage.

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.