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California Milkweed Asclepias californica

 

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California Milkweed
credit: Marshal Hedin/CCSA

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Alternate name: Round-hood Milkweed

Family: Asclepiadaceae, Milkweed view all from this family



Description Native perennial forb. A flowering perennial with thick, white, woolly stems which bend or run along the ground. The plentiful, hanging flowers are rounded structures with reflexed corollas and starlike arrays of bulbous anthers.

The flowers are dull to bright shades of lavender or pink, in bloom April through July.


Warning All plants in the genus Asclepias are probably somewhat toxic, some fatally so, to both humans and animals. The sap of some causes skin irritation in humans. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.


Habitat Dry slopes.


Range California and northern Baja California.


 

 

 

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