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Solanoana Asclepias Plant

  • - Serpentine Milkweed
  • - Height: 4-6 inches
  • - Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • - Exposure: Full Sun
  • - Bloom Time: June-July
  • - Each Quart contains 1 Solanoana Asclepias Plant
Plant Features

Asclepias Solanoana is a rare but spectacular milkweed that sprawls out across the ground as it grows. It is a native to the serpentine talus slopes in California. The goregous flowers start out as red and then open to a pink color with golden tips. This is a host plant for the Monarch butterflies. Other pollinators enjoy its nectar as well.

Common Names: serpentine milkweed, butterfly weed.

Californica Asclepias Plant Care Instructions: Keep the plant well-watered for the first 3-4 weeks after transplanting. After that, only water if the plant starts looking droopy. Deadheading the first flush of flowers promotes additional blooms. If you don't want the plant to self-seed, remove all flowers once they are finished blooming. Plants can be cut back to the ground once they drop their leaves. Spring is a good time to fertilize.

Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Needs
Sunlight 6+ hours
Soil Moisture Moist to Dry
Soil Properties Well-drained
Tolerates Sandy soil
Fertilizer When transplanted and then once every Spring
Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Characteristics
Height Category Short
Mature Spread 12-16 inches
Habit Sprawling
Flower Color Red, White
Foliage Color Green
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Styles Butterfly Garden, Pollinator Garden, Rock Garden
Plant Used for Educational Value, Water Conservation
Critter Resistance Deer, Rabbit
Pet Friendly No
Plant Type Open-Pollinated