This is not a pine

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Pineleaf milkweed
Ascpepias linearia
Apocynaceae

  • USUALLY GROWS TO ABOUT 3'x3'

  • PERENNIAL SHRUB

  • MODERATE water (terrace zones)

  • FULL TO PART SUN

  • HARDY TO ABOUT 15º F

  • white FLOWERS in warm weather

  • ATTRACTS BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, AND NATIVE BEES, especially the monarch butterfly

You may have heard about the milkweeds that attract and are larval host plants for the famous monarch butterfly. Pineleaf milkweed (Asclepias linearia) is one of those species. This tough plant can grow up to 3' tall and wide, takes low to moderate water, full sun to part shade, and temperatures down to about 15º F. 

This plant is unusual--the foliage looks like a pine, and after the flowers plants produce oddly ballooned seed pods. 

Besides attracting the monarch, pineleaf milkweed attracts all sorts of other butterflies, moths, and seems to always have native bees. That is because this plant is a copious producer of nectar, more than many other plants. 

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Katherine Gierlach