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Asclepias verticillata (Whorled Milkweed)

Whorled Milkweed, Eastern Whorled Milkweed


Handsome and tough, Asclepias verticillata (Whorled Milkweed) is an upright, unbranched perennial with whorls of long, finely textured, needle-like leaves, 2-3 in. long (5-7 cm), along the length of the stems. From late spring to fall, small clusters of 3-20 fragrant, creamy-white flowers are borne in the upper leaf axils and stem tips. They perfume a wide area and are a great nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds. The blossoms give way to smooth seed pods in the fall, which persist into winter. Seed pods are valued in dried flower arrangements. Native to much of the United States and southern Canada, this perennial wildflower is best in a natural landscape, growing between shorter prairie grasses.

  • Grows up to 12-30 in. tall (30-75 cm) and 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm). Will self-seed and spread by rhizomes in the landscape without being invasive.
  • Thrives in full sun or part shade in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Vital ingredient of butterfly gardens, meadows or prairies. Perfect for the sunny dry garden.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant
  • Plant seeds outside in the fall. Seedlings will germinate immediately but may not flower until the second year.
  • All parts of this plant are poisonous to livestock.
  • Native to North America from open areas of Massachusetts, southern Ontario west to the Canadian prairies and south through Texas, Mexico and Florida.

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Mostly native to the U.S. and Canada, Asclepias include over 100 species of evergreen or deciduous perennials adorned with clusters of small, interestingly shaped blooms that are irresistible to butterflies. Attractive and easy to grow, they shine in many gardens. However, some basic rules need to be followed to enjoy their splendid flowers.Read More

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asclepias
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Montana, Wyoming, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asclepias
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Montana, Wyoming, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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