Mexican Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis)

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This species has a thin stem and long narrow leaves. Several erect umbels branch off at the top of the stems. Flowers are small, erect and grow in clusters of 10 +/-. Seed pods are long, narrow, and smooth. The plant often grows in patches.

The flower color is pale pink, purple, white, to greenish.  Umbels stand erect. Horns protrude through the hoods. After blooming the corolla extends down under the hoods.  Corolla color is white to pinkish in contrast to the hoods and horns being white. Several umbels are born on each stem.  20+/- flowers per umbel. Flowers are 3/16 in (4-5 mm). Pedicels are 3/16 – 7/16 in (6-10 mm).

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The foliage Color is a pale green. Tends to grow in dense patches. Leaf attachment is petiolate and arrangement is scattered or whorled.

It likes dry climates, plains, hill, valleys, roadsides, and disturbed grounds.

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