Taxon  Report   741    
Asclepias cordifolia  (Benth.) Jeps.
Heart leaf milkweed,  Heartleaf milkweed, Purple milkweed
Asclepias cordifolia
© 2006 Steve Matson
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Asclepias cordifolia
© 2017 Alison Sheehey
Asclepias cordifolia
© 2018 Leah Gardner
Asclepias cordifolia, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Asclepias cordifolia
© 2016 Jim Moore
Genus: Asclepias
Communities: Chaparral, Foothill Woodland, Yellow Pine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest


Habitat: slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Gomphocarpus cordifolius
More information about  Asclepias cordifolia
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 18, 2019).