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Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata) has clusters of white flowers from late spring to fall.
Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata) has delicate flowers with white and green hues.
Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata) is perfectly suited for meadow gardens.

Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

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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!

Vital details:

Plant size: 1 - 2.5' tall x 1 - 2' wide at maturity

Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day)

Water: Average to dry

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Cheryl S.

Whorled Milkweed

Arrived in excellent condition

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.

Kara K.

Nice looking plants

Jury’s out

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!

Holly P.
Slow start

They’re off to a very slow start. We will see what happens