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Asclepias asperula

Antelope horns, native to American southwest and northern Mexico

Asclepias erosa

Desert milkweed, native to California, Arizona, and Baja Californi

Asclepias commonly knows as milkweed, is an American genus of herbaceous perennial, dicotyledonous plants that contains over 140 known species. It previously belonged to the family Asclepiadaceae, but this is now classified as the subfamily Asclepiadoideae of the dogbane family Apocynaceae.

Milkweed is named for its milky sap, which consists of a latex containing alkaloids and several other complex compounds including cardenolides. Some species are known to be toxic.

Carl Linnaeus named the genus after Asclepius, the Greek god of healing.

Below are 32 species of milkweed and we hope to add all 140 known species to this list.

Asclepias longifolia

Longleaf milkweed

Asclepias eriocarpa

Woollypod milkweed, native to California, Baja California, and Nevada

Asclepias californica

California milkweed, native to central and southern California

Asclepias humistrata

Sandhill milkweed, native to southeastern United States

Asclepias exaltata

Poke milkweed, native to eastern North America

Asclepias curassavica

Scarlet milkweed, tropical milkweed, bloodflower, native to the American tropics, introduced to other continents

Asclepias Albicans

Whitestem milkweed, native to the Mojave and Sonoran deserts

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Asclepias fascicularis

Narrow-leaf milkweed, native to Western United States

Asclepias linaria

Pine needle milkweed, native to Mojave and Sonoran deserts

Asclepias lanceolata​

Lanceolate milkweed (Cedar Hill milkweed), native to coastal plain of eastern United States from Texas to New Jersey

some species of milkweed

Asclepias curtissii

Curtiss' milkweed, endemic to sandy areas of Florida

Asclepias incarnata

Swamp milkweed, native to wetlands of North America

Asclepias amplexicaulis

Blunt-leaved milkweed, native to central and eastern United States

Asclepias cordifolia

Heart-leaf milkweed, native to the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range

Asclepias cryptoceras

Pallid milkweed, native to the western United States