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Whorled Milkweed

 

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Whorled Milkweed earns it's name from it's skinny, "whorled leaves". Small clusters of white flowers bloom a little later in the season providing color in your garden when most flowers have disappeared. Prepare to entertain many types of pollinators such as butterflies, and bees with this Asclepias. Monarchs will lay their eggs and the larvae (caterpillars) will enjoy a late season feast. When planting this perennial you can be proud to be supporting the Monarch population. (Asclepias verticillata)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Fragrant
Fragrant
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 12-24" tall, 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Plant - 2.5" pot
SKU ASLXX21

Plant Information

12-24" tall, 12-24" wide. Whorled Milkweed also called Asclepias verticillata is an upright perennial with stems that have" whorled" needle-like leaves. Native to central and eastern North America this Asclepias likes drier conditions. Flowers bloom June through September in small white clusters. After blooming narrow seed pods open releasing seeds with silky strings distributed by the wind. Pods are also excellent additions to bouquets. Whorled milkweed is an important food source for Monarch Butterflies. The butterflies lay their eggs on the milkweed and the larve (catapillars) feast on the leaves. Once hatched, the butterflies consume the flower nectar for energy. Milkweed is easy to grow, and helps save the Monarchs.

Native Range for Asclepias verticillata (Whorled Milkweed) - AL, AR, AZ, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY.

SKU ASLXX21
Common Name Whorled Milkweed
Botanical Name Asclepias verticillata
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Mature Height 12-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Leaves are linear, grouped in whorls.
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Well-Drained Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Fragrant, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting & Care

How to Plant Milkweed, Step-by-Step:

  1. Choose fast-draining soil.
  2. Plant in full sun.
  3. Do NOT disturb roots, especially tap roots.
  4. Water sparingly.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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