WHORLED MILKWEED

Asclepias verticillata

Whorled Milkweed, Asclepias verticillata is an attractive, flowering perennial forb, native to Eastern North America. It will grow to about two feet tall by 1ft wide and bloom tons of white flowers for up to two months.  As a milkweed, it serves as a crucial host for Monarch Butterflies & attracts scores of other pollinators. Of all the milkweeds, Whorled Milkweed is one of the shortest growing (similar to Butterfly Weed). But unlike Butterfly Weed, it can spread aggressively via its rhizome root system. For soil preference, Whorled Milkweed is quite adaptable and will grow well in almost any soil including sandy soil, rocky, clay-loam or loam.

Native American uses: The Choctaw used it to treat snakebite, the Lakota and Hopi used it to increase breast milk in nursing mothers, and the Navajo used it for nose and throat problems.  Whorled milk weed, like all milkweeds, is poisonous to humans and mammals alike when ingested in large quantities.

SPECS: Native Name: Algonquin; Genus: Asclepias ; Species: Verticillata; Plant Type: Forb; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Medium Dry, Dry, Well Drained; Height: 1′ — 3′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 2′ — 3′; Bloom Time: May — September; Bloom Color: Green, White; Advantages: Birds, Low maintenance, Medicinal uses, Pollinator conservation, Pollinators; USDA Zone: 3 — 10; Attracts: Beeflies, Beneficial insects, Butterflies, Long-tongued bees, Monarchs, Skippers; Tolerant: Deer, Drought, Dry soils, Rabbits; Plant Community: Here's what grows well with Whorled Milkweed: Coneflower, yarrow, goldenrod, Joe-Pye weed, black-eyed Susans and asters are just a few of the many pollinator-supporting species.;