Trichostema lanatum, Eriodictyon tomentosum, and Artemisia californica grow with Asclepias eriocarpa.
Asclepias eriocarpa, Monarch milkweed, has flowers that attract butterflies and other interesting insects.
A California Glowworm adult, Ellychnia californica, on a Monarch milkweed, Asclepias eriocarpa.
A Blue Milkweed Beetle, Chrysochus cobaltinus, on Asclepias eriocarpa
Asclepias eriocarpa individual flowers
A Bullock's Oriole, Icterus bullockii, collecting Asclepias eriocarpa fibers for a nest
Perennial, 3ft large 5in leaves, fruits 4in horns, flowers compound 4-5inch cluster. In our area covered with monarch caterpillars during the summer. The Bullocks Orioles use the dead stems for nests the next spring. (The matter looks like fiberglass.) It needs sun. It is quite drought tolerant. Plant, mulch heavily, water well first month and ignore. WE MAY SHIP BAREROOT IN WINTER.
The alkaloids associated with this milkweed and other milkweeds give the monarch and other butterflies that feed on it protection from predators. Alkaloids from the wrong milkweed (South American, Mexican, etc.) can expose the butterflies to predation. If the monarch or other butterfly has not evolved with the milkweed they may have limited tolerance for the particular alkaloid or latex of the plant species. The California flyway runs from Baja to Canada, it does not include Mexico proper nor Central America. If you live in Chicago you can plant Mexican species (Asclepias mexicana) or Asclepias tuberosa, don't plant our species. You might look at the Monarch entry in James Scott's Butterflies of North America and articles by Fink, L and L.P. Brower.