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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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