Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Antelope Horn Milkweed
Item #: 13329
Zones: 4a to 9b
Height: 24" tall
Origin: United States
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
Asclepias asperula is a widespread US native that can be found on dry sandy/gravelly soils from Oklahoma west to Southern California. Commonly known as antelope horn due the leaf and seedpod shape. The plant forms a 2' tall x 3' wide clump, adorned from March into May (NC) with amazingly intricate 2" wide, dome-shaped flower heads composed of dozens of flowers with green petals and a central purple, green, and white star...a favorite of both Queen and Monarch butterflies. If you're fascinated with the amazing patterns found in nature, Antelope horn milkweed is for you.
In the garden, it requires no maintenance as long as its growing in the proper conditions.
Sunny, very dry and well-drained soils are the perfect habitat.Rich and heavily fertilized soils should be avoided.
We find this native milkweed to be a great textural addition to the dry garden. Unlike many milkweeds, which spread quite vigorously, this one remains a tight clump.
As with all milkweeds, they are great hosts for butterflies, particularly the well-loved monarchs.
Flower Color: Green , Multicolor
Leaf Color: Green
Bloom Time: Spring
Container Role: Thrillers
Garden Themes: Rock Garden Plants , Southwest Garden Plants
Other: Butterfly Attracting Plants , Edimentals , Cut Flower Plants , Deer Resistant Plants , Drought Tolerant Plants , Hummingbird Plants , Pollinator Plants , Medicinal Plants , North American Native Plants , Ornamental Seed or Fruit , Plants Named After Animals , Plants that Attract Birds , Rabbit Resistant Plants , Salt Tolerant Seaside Plants , Texas Native Plants , Xeriscaping Plants , United States Native Plants