Botanical Name: Asclepias verticillata
Common Name: Whorled Milkweed, Horsetail Milkweed
We all need to plant more native milkweed in our gardens to help save the monarchs. Yes, some native milkweeds can be difficult to grow, but they’re worth the effort. I don’t have a problem having a mix of the native and tropical milkweeds in our gardens. Click on the names to see the other milkweed varieties R&G has for sale: Tropical Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias perennis, Giant Milkweed, and Asclepias tuberosa.
Native Whorled Milkweed is a small, delicate perennial plant that grows 2 to 3′ tall. It looks best when planted en masse because of its small size and thinness of leaves. It gets its common name of “whorled” milkweed from the way the leaves are arranged on the stems. Give it a sunny area and it’ll bloom white flowers that have a tint of purple on them in the summer. It’s not very fussy about where it grows, but it doesn’t like sopping wet soil. Drought tolerant. As with all of the milkweed plants, this will reseed itself nicely if you leave the seedpods on the plant to do their thing.
This is a host plant to the Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. The blooms provide nectar for lots of nectar loving critters.
Zones 8 – 10