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Asclepias verticillata - Whorled Milkweed

Sun Exposure: Sun - Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Loam-Clay, Gravelly 

Height: 1-2 feet

Spread: 2-3 feet

Blooms: July, August, September

Root: Fibrous, Long-rhizomatous

Habitat: Prairies, Savannas, Limestone glades, Meadows

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Natural gardens, Drought tolerant, Deer resistant

Wildlife Value: The nectar of the flowers attracts many kinds of insects, including long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, skippers and beetles. Host Plant: Monarch Butterfly

Seed Origin: Winona, MN (Prairie Moon seed supplier)

Germination Code: C(30)

 

Photo credits: #1 by wackybadger, #2 by Eric Hunt, #3 by wackybadger

Asclepias verticillata - Whorled Milkweed

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  • Whorled Milkweed is a later blooming Asclepias species - often into September. The slender leaves of this small milkweed are whorled around the stem and grant a delicate texture that looks best with other plants of smaller stature. Plant this milkweed in an interplanting design or rock garden. Sandy or gravelly soil is well tolerated and this plant will do best in open gardens not dominated by taller species. This milkweed will spread by rhizomes to form an attractive drift of white topped flowers. Slender seed pods are formed later in the season, with leaves turning yellow and orange which provide interest well into autumn.

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