Asclepias verticillata
Whorled milkweed

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantLow WaterPart ShadeBird Friendly
Whorled milkweed
Asclepias verticillata

Whorled milkweed grows almost anywhere and attracts pollinators in droves! In fact, it is one of the most widely distributed milkweed species in the United States. Bright white to light green flowers bloom in mid- to late summer, providing nectar for bees, hummingbirds and a wide variety of butterflies. It is a host plant for monarch butterflies whose caterpillars can only eat plants in the milkweed family. Great for butterfly gardens, meadows and naturalized areas, as it will spread. Looks terrific planted with native grasses, coneflower and black-eyed Susan’s.

A nectar source for many butterflies, especially monarchs
Monarchs only lay their eggs on milkweed plants
Seed pods are used in dried flower arrangements
Easy to grow, drought tolerant once established
Deer and rabbit resistant

Native Range

Often found in Sandy, clayey or rocky soils.

Interesting Facts

Female Monarchs lay their eggs on this milkweed so the caterpillars can eat the leaves for growth before becoming a chrysalis. 

Whorled milkweed is poisonous to livestock. 


Easy to grow in full sun and with dry, well-drained soil. It will grow in richer, moist soils and spreads quickly.

Mature Size: 1-3ft. Wide x 1-2ft. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 5-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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