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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.

Asclepias erosa, Desert Milkweed

Flowers and foliage of Asclepias erosa the Desert Milkweed with a Tarantula Hawk. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Other plants from the genus Asclepias featured on this site:
Asclepias californica
Asclepias cordifolia
Asclepias eriocarpa
Asclepias fascicularis
Asclepias linaria
Asclepias Silky Gold
Asclepias speciosa
Asclepias tuberosa