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Woollypod Milkweed (Asclepias eriocarpa)

Host Plant: Monarch, soldier, and queen butterflies

Nectar Plant: many other butterflies and bees

Flower Color: green, white, pink

Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial to grows to 3 feet tall

Range in North America: State of California

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness: Zones 5-9

Soil Requirements: sandy, rocky soil in open areas

Indian Milkweed and Kotolo

Woollypod Milkweed (Asclepias eriocarpa), a member of the Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 3 feet tall and has white to pink flowers that bloom in the spring, summer, and fall.  More about this species can be found on this blog post.

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch Butterfly on Goldenrod – ALAN SCHMIERER from southeast AZ, USA, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Soldier Butterfly (Danaus eresimus)

Soldier Butterfly on a leaf – Korall, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Queen Butterfly on a branch – Insects Unlocked, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

It is a nectar species for other butterflies and bees.lant as a nectar source.

Woollypod milkweed is often found in dry rocky areas and open areas such roadsides, and streambanks.  It is native to the state of California.

This plant was used by Native Americans for fiber and medicine.

Woollypod Milkweed (Asclepias eriocarpa) Links


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Bring Back the Monarchs


Carlos Ruiz


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