Asclepias linaria
“Pine-Needle Milkweed”

An incredibly drought tolerant and unique milkweed with slender needle-like leaves on a shrubby plant up to 3-4’ high and wide. Native to deserts from Arizona to central Mexico, it blooms from late Spring thru early Fall with umbels of lightly fragrant, white, 1/4” star-shaped flowers that attract a host of butterflies - most notably Queens and Monarchs. Bird-head-shaped seed pods follow. Considered a subshrub, with a woody base and a plethora of ascending stems, this handsome plant is perfect for a dry garden bed or for use in a water wise design. Evergreen with temperatures above 25°F. It prefers fast draining alkaline soil and needs only a minimum of water during the growing season.

PLEASE BE ADVISED - Due to CA agricultural regulations, we’re required to treat all plants, including Asclepias, plants with BT (a non-toxic, naturally occurring biological larvicide) to help combat the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). BT is toxic to caterpillars. If you plan to introduce Monarch caterpillars to this plant, we recommend letting it establish for one year before doing so to ensure it is large enough to provide sufficient food and the BT has had time to wear off.

Curious Plantsman

Full Sun
Low Water

USDA zones 9-11