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Cutler's Milkweed
Asclepias cutleri

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Naturedigger would like to thank the following individual for his contributions to the Cutler's milkweed (Asclepias cutleri) identification slide:


Flower image and flower inset images provided by: Mark Fishbein, iNaturalist observation, CC BY-NC 4.0

Leaf & Stem image provided by: Mark Fishbein, iNaturalist observation, CC BY-NC 4.0

Pod image provided by: Mark Fishbein, iNaturalist observation, CC BY-NC 4.0

Asclepias culteri Profile

Common Name(s):

Cutler's milkweed


Scientific Name:

Asclepias cutleri


Native Range:



USDA Symbol:




• sand dunes with weakly stabilized sand

• found at elevations between 4,000-5,000 feet

  (1,220-1,675 meters)


Growing Conditions:

• full sun

• sand or gravel substrate


Plant Height:

• 4-8 inches (10-20) centimeters tall

Stem Description:

• low growing

• slender and delicate, usually leans

• short straight hairs to loosely spreading hairs

• sparingly branched


Leaf Description: 

• narrowly linear

• 1-3 inches (2.54-7.62 centimeters) long

• 1-3 mm wide

• sessile

• tip is acute


Leaf Arrangement:

• irregularly alternate 


Leaf Margin:

• entire


Leaf Surface:

• upper surface may have short, stiff hairs 

• bottom surface is typically hairless


Flowering Period: 

• April through June

Flower Description: 

• terminal umbels

• few-flowered umbels

• entire umbel is one inch (2.54 centimeters) or less

• with white or cream colored hoods and horns

• horns are flat, curved inward and attached near the middle of the hoods

• hoods sit below the stigmatic disc

• horns extend beyond the hoods


Flower Color:

• white

• pink

• purple


Pod Description:

• small, drooping (pendulous) pods

• 2-3 inches (5.08-7.62 centimeters) long

• 1/2 inch (1.27 centimeters) wide


Other Information:

• endemic to the Colorado Plateau

• threatened by urban expansion, mineral exploration and industrial development

• state-listed as vulnerable in Arizona and imperiled in Utah


For More Information About This Species Visit:


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


SEINet Portal Network - Asclepias cutleri


USDA Plants Database


Southwest Colorado Wildflowers



*** Unfortunately, there are no seeds available for this species for purchase

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