Refreshing white flowers and very narrow whorled leaves give Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata) a delicate appeal in the landscape. But don't let its looks fool you. It's a powerful pollinator plant with clusters of flowers boasting a sweet fragrance and rich nectar. Narrow seed pods emerge in fall and release silky seeds, which means it may spread a bit in your garden. We never mind a few extra flowers to support pollinators.
Milkweeds, including Whorled Milkweed, are essential for the Monarch lifecycle. Their relationship includes more than just swapping nectar for pollination. Caterpillars exclusively feed on their leaves, which are filled with cardenolides. Cardenolides are stored in the bodies of Monarch caterpillars and butterflies as a defense against predators. Without Milkweed, we wouldn't have Monarchs!
Plant size: 2.5' tall x 2' wide at maturity
Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day)
Hardiness: USDA zone 4-9 (Find your hardiness zone)
Pollinator value: attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and is the host plant for Monarchs
Notable features: fragrant, great cut flowers, long-blooming, deer resistant, multiple seasons of interest, low maintenance
Pot size: one quart
Plant name: Asclepias verticillata
The plants were a nice dize and very healthy upon arrival. They are thriving despite the heat wave. I'll look forward to blooms next year.
Nice looking plants
Wish I had gotten a more mature plant—one received was very small. I’ve now planted it out and hoping it will survive and grow.
Hello! Thank you for leaving us feedback. We do ship young plants with well established root systems. It's hard to say for certain why you aren't seeing growth, since so many factors - like weather, soil type, watering, and fertilizing all come into play. Perhaps you're familiar with the old saying about plants: first year sleep, second year creep, third year leap. This applies to plants in the garden center as well as plants you purchase online. They generally spend their first year growing roots in their new home, the second year they have more energy to put into growth, and the third year, they are growing and flowering vigorously. Happy Gardening!
They’re off to a very slow start. We will see what happens