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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)
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Botanical Name
Asclepias verticillata
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
12-24" tall
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer


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.