A slender milkweed that grows well in dry conditions. Excellent for butterflies and bees.
Plant these for Monarch butterflies!
*Please note: Asclepias species are slow to emerge in the spring. If your order contains any of milkweeds, your order may be delayed until late May to early June, depending on the weather and this year’s germination rates.*
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 2-3 feet
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Season: July – September
Suggested Uses: Whorled Milkweed is an upland plant that grows well on sandy and gravelly soils. A great restoration plant, as well as a wonderful plant for attracting butterflies in the butterfly garden. It can be aggressive (less so than Common Milkweed) in highly fertile soils with good soil texture.
Native Range: Native throughout much of the U.S. except the West. Native throughout the state of Minnesota except the Laurentian Mixed Forests of the Northeast.
Pollinators: Monarchs lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed species (Asclepias). Whorled Milkweed is an important larval host for the Monarch butterfly. It is also well loved by bees, including the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis). Very attractive to bees and butterflies.
Flowers: Each flower has 5 recurved petals around a central crown. They bloom in 1-2″ clusters.
Leaves: The leaves appear in a whorl of 3-6 at each node. They are linear or almost needle-like.
Other Uses: Toxic to livestock.
More Info: Only a few flowers become pollinated and form a seed pod.
Name: The name Asclepias is from the name of the Greek god of medicine, Asklepios.
More information: USDA PLANT database profile