Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
Leaves are needlelike and about 1 1/2" long
and clothe the stems with a distinctive bright green color. Pineleaf Milkweed is a
moderately fast growing evergreen shrub growing to 2' high and 3' wide.
The flowers are white to greenish and cluster in 2" bundles at the tips of branches
March thru October. The fruits are like a light green balloon 2"
long and 1" wide. It is native on rocky slopes and in canyons in
southern Arizona into Mexico from 1500 to 6000'. It is quite
drought resistant and prefers full sun in a well drained location.
It has no spines so is quite at home around a pool or a patio and is
attractive over an extended period of time. It provides nectar for
butterflies of all sizes and is the major food for Queen and Monarch
butterflies. It is quite cold hardy.