Scientific Name: 
Asclepias spp.

Common Name: 


How is this plant unsafe?

How do you plant safely?


  • All parts of many species are poisonous if ingested.
  • Note that many kinds of native and non-native milkweeds grow in our area.
  • The California native species like the narrow-leaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) are critically important to the recovery of Monarch butterflies.
  • Supervise pets and children when playing near this plant.
  • Use caution when working with this plant and consider wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves, long pants, gloves, sturdy shoes and eye protection.
  • There are many species, cultivars and varieties of this plant available in the nursery trade, caution should be used with all types.
  • Note that you should not touch your eyes during or after pruning this plant and wash your hands after contact.