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Dogbane Family, Apocynaceae, (formerly Asclepiadaceae)

Plants of the Dogbane family found in Anza-Borrego include:

White-Stemmed or Wax Milkweed (Asclepias albicans)

California or Round-Hood Milkweed (Asclepias californica)

Desert Milkweed (Asclepias erosa)

Rush Milkweed or Ajamete (Asclepias sublata)

Utah Cynanchum or Deboltia (Cynanchum utahense)

Climbing Milkweed (Sarcostemma cynanchoides hartwegii)

Trailing Townula (Sarcostemma hirtellum).

Plants of the milkweed family are popular in the gardens of desert homes, especially with people who want to attract Monarch Butterflies. Desert hikers with an eye for butterflies and the colorful Milkweed Bug ofteh pause for a close look at Milkweed Family plants.

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