The Whorled Milkweed, also known as Asclepias verticillata, is a small, clump forming species that is as resilient as it is beautiful. The plant blooms to be a beautifully natural greenish-white and will grow to be about half a metre tall. Milkweeds tend to thrive in disturbed areas in poor soil (which can include sand and gravel) and the Whorled Milkweed is no exception. What’s unique to the Whorled Milkweed though, is that it flowers on very slender indeterminate stems. Because of the way the plant flowers, it continues to bloom later in the season.
Asclepias verticillata prefers full sun, moderately moist to dry conditions, and soil containing loam, clay-loam, sand, or gravel. Asclepias verticillata actually does best in infertile soil as it reduces competition from taller plants. It can spread quite aggressively in open sunny areas with exposed soil.
- The Nectar produced by Whorled Milkweed is a food source for many insects. The plant is a great pollinator, and will aid you in doing your part in protecting the bee population.
- Because of the look of the slender stems on which the plant flowers, Whorled Milkweed has earned the nickname “Horsetail Milkweed”
Asclepias verticillata is in bloom right now, and looks absolutely magnificent. Giving bees a safe rest stop something that you can feel good about, and because the plant acts as a larval host for Monarch butterflies, your garden may start to look a touch more magical once it’s planted. So get your order of Asclepias verticillata in today!
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