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Prairie Moon Nursery - Whorled Milkweed

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05/06/2024 14:18:24
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Asclepias verticillata (Whorled Milkweed) has very skinny, "whorled" leaves. When Whorled Milkweed is mature it reaches a height around 2'. Whorled Milkweed is deer and rabbit-resistant. Please note, this species is rhizomatous and will spread.

Whorled Milkweed can bloom anytime between July and September, which is later in the year than many other Milkweeds. There are clusters of approximately 20 flowers near the top of each plant. The white flowers can be a greenish-white on some plants. The nectar of the flowers attracts many kinds of insects, including long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, skippers and beetles. Like all members of the Asclepias genus, Asclepias verticillata is a larval host plant for monarch butterflies.