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Emory's Milkweed
Asclepias emoryi

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

Flower image and leaf and stem image provided by: Mark Fishbein, iNaturalist observation (cropped), CC BY-NC 4.0

Asclepias emoryi Profile

Common Name(s):

Emory's milkweed


Scientific Name:

Asclepias emoryi


Native Range:

• NM, TX

USDA Symbol:




• grasslands

• rolling plains


Growing Conditions:

• full sun

• sandy loam soils


Plant Height:
• 5-10 inches (10-20 centimeters)


Stem Description:

• branch from base

• originate from clustered root stalks

• may be purplish or green

• hairy


Leaf Description: 

• narrowly oblong-lanceolate

• long, somewhat hairy petiole

• 1.5-3.15 inches (4-8 centimeters) long

• may curve downward


Leaf Arrangement:

• opposite


Leaf Margin:

• undulating

• folded upward from midvein

• hairy

• may be purplish


Leaf Surface:

• sparse, long hairs

• mature plants may become less hairy


Flowering Period:

March through September

Flower Description:

• hoods blunt at apex

• horns not visible 

• tiny; approximately .25 inch (5 millimeters) long

• borne singly, not tightly packed or in globe-like umbels

• reflexed petals

• hoods extend at least a 1/3 longer than the anther head


Flower Color:

• pale green to pale greenish-cream


Pod Description:

• No data (will include when available)

Other Information:

• Similar to Asclepias Oenotherioides (Zizotes milkweed) - The hoods of A. emoryi are unilobed, while the hoods or A. oenotheroides are lobed





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:


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


USDA Plants Database


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department



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