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Native Plant of the Week: Whorled Milkweed

Family: Apocynaceae

Name: Asclepias verticillata - Whorled Milkweed

Bloom Time: July - August

Flower: White

Soil Condition: Dry, Average, Moist, Well Drained

Light: Sun - Partial Sun

Height: 12-36" tall by 24-36" wide

Native Range: Northeast United States including Long Island

Zone: 3-10

Photos: Flower (KMS Native Plants), Form cebalrai (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Whorled Milkweed has fragrant white flowers clusters held above fine textured foliage. It is the latest bloomer of all the milkweed. It is also the last of all the milkweed to go dormant, making it a late-season food source for the Monarch.

Maintenance: Perfect for dry and sunny trouble spots in the garden,

Benefits: High wildlife value, deer and rabbit resistant, nectar source, pollinators, host plant to Monarch caterpillars

Fun Facts: All milkweed is toxic but this is the most toxic of all of them, especially to livestock and horses.

Companion Plants: Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed), Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower), Shizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem), Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot), Baptisia tinctora (Wild Indigo)



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