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Milkweed, Zizotes (native)

Milkweed, Zizotes (native)

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Native Milkweed - Zizotes 
Scientific Name: Asclepias oenotheroides

History/general species info: Also known by the Spanish name, Hierba De Zizotes, also Side-cluster Milkweed, Longhorn Milkweed, Primrose Milkweed, Lindheimer's Milkweeds. Zizotes in Spanish mean skin sores.

Characteristics:   The long slender hoods on the flowers are unique among milkweeds and distinguish this species from all others. Fragrant. 

Native: Yes

Flower: green with purple

Planting / Care: Prefers tight sandy clay soils and dunes
along the Texas coast. Full sun, intolerant of shade. Can survive occasional drought, mowing. Shallow roots. Can be poisonous to livestock. 

Size: 12-18"

Light requirement: Full sun

Wildlife: Larval host for Queens and Monarch butterflies; and the bumblebees, and honey bees love them!


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