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Asclepias linaria * Pine Needle Butterfly Weed

You can see the Monarch Butterfly caterpillar feeding away on this Pine Needle Butterfly Weed. Asclepias linaria is native to the California deserts with its range extending into Arizona and Mexico. The Pine Needle Butterfly Weed is about 2 feet tall. The leaves are well described by the species epithet "linaria" as they are very slender. Asclepias linaria will attract the Gray Hairstreak as a nectar resource. Asclepias linaria is a great addition to the butterfly garden.

Asclepias linaria, Pine Needle Butterfly Weed

Flowers and foliage of Asclepias linaria the Pine Needle Butterfly Weed with a Monarch Caterpillar.