Antelope-horns Milkweed
Asclepias asperula

Photo Citations

Naturedigger would like to thank the following individuals for their contributions to the antelope-horns milkweed (Asclepias asperula) identification slide:


Flower image provided by: Nancy Lee Adamson, Xerces Society

Leaf/stem image provided by: Max Licher, SEINet

Pod image provided by: Brianna Border, Xerces Society

Inset pod image provided by: Joseph A. Marcus, Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Antelope horn image provided by: Muhammad Mahdi Karim, own work at Mikumi National Park, Tanzania., Wikipedia

Asclepias asperula Profile

Common Name(s):

antelope-horns milkweed

spider milkweed

spider antelope-horns

green-flowered milkweed


Scientific Name:

Asclepias asperula


Native Range:


USDA Symbol:




• deserts

• sandy and rocky hillsides


Growing Conditions:

• Full sun


Plant Height:
• 1-3 feet (30-90 centimeters) tall


Stem Description:

• clump-forming

• upright and sprawling

• densely covered in tiny hairs


Leaf Description:

• 4-8 inches (10-20 centimeters) long

• 1-3 inches (2.5-7.5 centimeters) wide

• long, thick and linear

• leaf margins fold upward from the central vein in a distinctive “v” shape

• attachment to stem may be sessile or have a short petiole


Leaf Arrangement:

• whorled or alternate


Leaf Margin:

• entire

Flowering Period:

• April through July

Flower Description: 

• yellow and green

• corollas do not reflex backwards, but surround the hoods

• corollas are light green and hoods are white with maroon at the base

• clusters of flowers are 3-4 inches (7.5-10 centimeters) across

• approximately 20 flowers per umbel

• a single terminal umbel is produced per stem

Pod Description:

• 2-4 inches (5-10 centimeters) long

• slightly curved

• red, green or purple and rough

• sometimes have a striped pattern

• several pods may develop per stem if pollination has been successful

• look like "antelope horns"

Other Information:

• special value to native bees

• attracts predatory or parasitoid insects that prey upon pest insects

To Locate and Purchase Seeds (when available) Please Visit:


Xerces Society Milkweed Seed Finder


Milkweed and Wildflower Vendors


Grow Milkweed Plants


For More Information on This Species Please Visit:


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Bring Back Monarchs


Xerces Regional Milkweed Guide