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Asclepias verticillata / Whorled Milkweed

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A smaller, more airy milkweed, with a later bloom time. Creamy white blooms top thin, needle like foliage, that doesn’t overwhelm other plants. This milkweed is extra drought resistant and works well in rocky, shallow soil. Plant in the front border and let it ramble throughout the garden and weave through other plants. The white flowers make this milkweed a particular favorite of wasps. The thin leaves don’t make this a preferred host plant for Monarch caterpillars in terms of food density, but caterpillars can still be found munching away on the delicate leaves.
Blooms: White, 4-6 weeks, July-Sept
Leaves:1-3”, needle-like, whorled
Height: 1-2’
Space: 1’
Soil: Average-dry, tolerates poor soil
Exposure: Full sun-part shade 
Fauna: Bees, wasps, butterflies, beetles, host to several moths and the Monarch butterfly
Seeds: 3-4” narrow pod filled with seeds attached to silky hairs
Deer Resistance: High
Zone: 3-9
Native Status: NC Native, common in the Piedmont, uncommon in the Mountains, & rare in the Coastal Plain
Provenance: Unknown, seed grown