Narrowleaf Milkweed

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General Info:

    • Scientific name: Asclepias fascicularis
    • Common names: Narrowleaf milkweed, Mexican whorled milkweed
    • Type: Perennial herb
    • Height: 3-4 feet
    • Habitat: Dry to open woodlands, prairies, roadsides

Key Features:

    • Flowers: Clusters of fragrant, lavender-pink flowers that bloom in late spring and early summer. They mature to a deeper purple color over time.
    • Leaves: Narrow and pointed, often arranged in whorls of 3-5 around the stem.
    • Pods: Smooth, spindle-shaped pods that burst open in fall to release fluffy seeds.
    • Ecological significance: Vital host plant for monarch butterfly caterpillars and attracts many other pollinators like bees and hummingbirds.

Interesting facts:

    • The milky sap of the plant can be irritating to the skin, so wear gloves when handling it.
    • Despite its toxicity to humans, the monarch butterfly caterpillars have developed a special adaptation to feed on milkweed and even store the toxins in their bodies as a defense mechanism against predators.
  • Narrowleaf milkweed is relatively easy to grow in a variety of soil conditions, making it a great choice for butterfly gardens and wildflower meadows.

Western States:
New Mexico
Texas (western portion)

Other States:
Kansas (extreme western portion)
Oklahoma (panhandle)
South Dakota (Black Hills)
North Dakota (western portion)

Narrowleaf Milkweed



I love Native Sunflowers in my home garden and landscape.

Mary Hoggins
Tyler, Texas

Last year in the Fall, I collected a lot of seeds I planted this year.

Roger Holmes
Dallas, Texas

They really added a big splash of color to the front of my house garden bed. Love them!

Audrey Long
Mobile, Alabama

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