Arizona Milkweed
Asclepias angustifolia

Photo Citations

Naturedigger would like to thank the following individuals for their contributions to the Arizona milkweed (Asclepias angustifolia) identification slide:


Flower image provided by: Max Licher, SEINet (cropped)

Leaf/stem images provided by: Sam Kieschnick, iNaturalist Observation

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Pod image provided by: Bodo, iNaturalist observation 

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Asclepias angustifolia Profile

Common Name(s):

Arizona milkweed

narrow-leaved milkweed

narrow-leaf milkweed

slender milkweed


Scientific Name:

Asclepias angustifolia


Native Range:


USDA Symbol:




• dry, rocky soil

• canyons

• along stream beds

• hilly slopes

• elevation 4,000-5,000 feet (1220-1500 meters)


Growing Conditions:

• full sun to partial shade


Plant Height:
24-36 inches (61-92 centimeters)


Stem Description:

• narrow and erect

• numerous stems arise from root crown on mature plants


Leaf Description: 

• linear, lanceolate or elliptic

• 1.5-4.75 inches (4-12 centimeters) long

• 0.5-1.0 inches (2-11 centimeters) wide

• petioles short, up to 0.5 inch (2 centimeters) long

Leaf Arrangement:

• opposite


Leaf Margin:

• entire


Leaf Surface:

• glabrous

Flowering Period: 

• March through August

Flower Description: 

• small, approximately 0.12 inches (3 millimeters) long and same width 

• white to whitish-pink with a purple or pink tinge

• horns protrude through the hoods of the flower

• corolla reflexes backward

• small, flat, erect umbel

• approximately 2 umbels per stem and approximately 10 flowers per umbel


Pod Description:

• erect, long and linear

• 2-3.5 inches (5-9 centimeters) long

• 0.75-1 (2-2.5 centimeters) wide

Similar Species:

• horsetail milkweed (Asclepias subverticillata)

• whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

Other Information:

• Only found in Arizona

To Locate and Purchase Seeds (when available):


Xerces Society Milkweed Seed Finder 


Milkweed and Wildflower Vendors


Grow Milkweed Plants



For More Information About This Species Visit:

Bring Back the Monarchs


Xerces Regional Milkweed Guide