Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Whorled Milkweed

Asclepias verticillata
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie, Glade
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green, White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Host, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

18 to
24
inches

Spread:

12 to
18
inches
Size
Height: 18 to
24
inches
Spread: 12 to
18
inches
Size
Height: 18 to
24
inches
Spread: 12 to
18
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Naturalized prairie plantings, native gardens, wildflower meadows. Due to spread by moderately aggressive underground rhizomes, not recommended for tidy, small gardens.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Full sun, dry soil. Grows well in light shade at woodland edge and in regular garden soil.
Basic Description

Clusters of greenish-white flowers appear from late spring through summer, in loose heads over attractive, thread-like foliage. The plants are upright and sparingly branched. Seed pods are narrow, unlike many other milkweeds, and about 3″ long. The whorled name refers to the foliage that arises from the stem in a whorl.Part of our Monarch Cafe plant tag series.

Special Features
Special Usage
Fragrant

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