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Asclepias erosa ~ Desert Milkweed

Asclepias erosa can be found through much of lower California below the elevation of 6200 feet. Asclepias erosa grows 3-4 feet tall and wide on a variety of soil types but requires dry summer conditions. The milkweeds are a frequent food and nectar source for native bees and butterflies including the Gray Hairstreak and Monarch Butterfly. Asclepias erosa is a great addition to the butterfly garden as well as the native wildflower garden. The large wasp is a Tarantula Hawk. The Tarantula Hawk is commonly found feeding on the nectar of many of the native Asclepias species. While they look pretty terrifying they are actually pretty evenly tempered.

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Asclepias erosa, Desert Milkweed