Desert Milkweed

Asclepias subulata

The Desert Milkweed, a tough native with creamy-yellow flowers that appear in spring, summer, and fall, are absolutely delectable to butterflies. Desert Milkweed is a regal vase-shaped perennial with grey green stems. New growth often has small leaves that don’t stick around unless there is ample humidity. It tolerates a range of soils, given that they are fast-draining. Desert Milkweed will thrive in a location with lots of sun and reflected heat, such as near a pool where it will make a stately accent. It is an invaluable addition to the butterfly garden, because it is such a crucial food source for the larval stage of the Queen and Monarch butterflies. Plant Desert Milkweed in a cactus garden or amongst other desert perennials such as Penstemon, Dalea, and Globe Mallow.

Light Needs: This shrub can handle full sun.

Watering Needs: Once established, needs only occasional watering.

Average Landscape Size: Grows 3 to 5 feet high and wide.

Key Features: Waterwise.

Blooms: Flowers Flowers spring through fall.

Desert Milkweed for sale at Harlow Gardens Tucson.