Calflora
Taxon  Report   739    
Asclepias californica  Greene
California milkweed
Asclepias californica
© 2007 Neal Kramer
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Asclepias californica
© 2009 Neal Kramer
Asclepias californica
© 2011 Jean Pawek
Asclepias californica, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is found only slightly beyond California borders.

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Plant Characteristics
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Bloom Period
Asclepias californica
© 2018 Michael Mitchell
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Chaparral

Toxicity: MINOR, DERMATITIS

Habitat: slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Asclepias californica ssp. californica
ICPN: Asclepias californica ssp. greenei
More information about  Asclepias californica
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (ASCA3)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: http://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Oct 21, 2018).

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