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Asclepias verticillata

Whorled Milkweed (Horsetail Milkweed)

  • »  A nectar source for many butterflies, especially monarchs
  • »  Monarchs only lay their eggs on milkweed plants
  • »  Seed pods are used in dried flower arrangements
  • »  Easy to grow, drought tolerant once established
  • »  Deer and rabbit resistant

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Whorled milkweed grows almost anywhere and attracts pollinators in droves! In fact, it is one of the most widely distributed milkweed species in the United States. Bright white to light green flowers bloom in mid- to late summer, providing nectar for bees, hummingbirds and a wide variety of butterflies. It is a host plant for monarch butterflies whose caterpillars can only eat plants in the milkweed family. Great for butterfly gardens, meadows and naturalized areas, as it will spread. Looks terrific planted with native grasses, coneflower and black-eyed Susan’s.

Foliage Color
Maintenance and Care
Drought Tolerant
Low Maintenance
Mass Planting
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Flower Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer Bloomer
Late Summer
Full Sun
Partial Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry Soil
Average Water
Moist, Well-Drained
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Asclepias verticillata

Easy to grow in full sun and with dry, well-drained soil. It will grow in richer, moist soils and spreads quickly.