Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Asclepias fruticosa, Family Jewels, African Milkweed

Common Name: Family Jewels, African Milkweed

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Genus: Asclepias

Species: fruticosa

Characteristics of Plant
Syn Gomphocarpus fruticosa
Monarch and Swallowtail host plant, also attracts Ladybugs and Crab Spiders.

Life Cycle

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 9
Zone 10

When to Sow Seed
Early Spring
Late Winter

Sun Exposure
Full Sun

Plant Height
2 - 4 feet


Flower Color
Lt. Green

Attractive to Wildlife

(Image by poisondartfrog)
"A. fruticosa inflorescence"
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