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Asclepias linaria

Pineleaf milkweed

Pineneedle milkweed has interesting, pine-like foliage and unusual flower clusters that attract butterflies and other insects. Bright, white flower clusters emerge in springtime and bloom through fall. It’s extremely drought tolerant and will even tolerate reflected heat. Plant with penstemon for a pop of color. 

Benefits

  • Host plant for Monarch and Queen butterflies
  • Nectar source for butterflies and other beneficial insects
  • Attractive narrow, pine-like foliage
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Deer and rabbit resistant

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prune early in the season if needed. 


Height
2-3 ft

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Spread
2-3 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone Zone 8-10

Native Range

Dry rocky slopes and mesas.

Native Trivia

Milkweeds are well known as food plants for Monarch butterfly larvae. They absorb the milkweed poisons without being harmed thus making larvae and adult butterfly unpalatable to preditors. 

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Medium to Tall Perennials
Exposure
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Spring / Early Summer
Late Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Desert
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Drought tolerant
Evergreen
Meadow
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Specimen
Native to
Arizona
California
New Mexico