Asclepias verticillata
"Whorled Milkweed"

Photo courtesy of Joshua Mayer

Tough, adaptable & deer resistant, this EASY to grow “Milkweed” tolerates CLAY, SANDY & ROCKY soil & thrives in DRY SOIL. Besides that, it’s pretty, sweetly scented & of course, will draw Monarch butterflies to your garden. Growing 1’ to 2’ tall, its attractive, dark green, finely textured, threadlike foliage is topped by many clusters of pretty, greenish-white blooms. Bloom time starts in midsummer & continues thru Fall with plenty of clusters produced on side branches. Native to the eastern half of the U.S., it does well in average to moist garden soil as well as dry soil. It does spread by runners, but these are easy to pull out if you don’t want it to spread.

PLEASE BE ADVISED - Due to CA agricultural regulations, we’re required to treat all plants, including Asclepias, plants with BT (a non-toxic, naturally occurring biological larvicide) to help combat the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). BT is toxic to caterpillars. If you plan to introduce Monarch caterpillars to this plant, we recommend letting it establish for one year before doing so to ensure it is large enough to provide sufficient food and the BT has had time to wear off.

Curious Plantsman

Full Sun
Moist/Low Water

USDA zones 4-10