Whorled Milkweed

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Turning that dry, infertile spot in your yard into a fantastic show of color and filling it with the flutter of wings has never been easier! Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillate) is so much more than its name implies and can add texture and height to borders, native gardens, and pollinator paradises!

Whorled Milkweed grows from a single strong stem each spring. As summer takes hold, this flower will sprout clusters of small cream-colored florets. Each petite blossom also sports a buttery yellow center. All along the stem, there are slender, elongated leaves that curve downward in a gentle and elegant swoop. Together, this perennial is quite appealing to look at.

As pretty as the plant is, it hardly compares to the beautiful pollinators it will bring to your garden! Whorled Milkweed is a known favorite of Monarch butterflies! They lay their eggs on these leaves and eat them, create their cocoons on them, and then hatch to feed on the flowers as adults. You'll have these noble creatures visiting you from near and far as they travel. If you're a butterfly lover, this specimen is still a must-have!

Planting and Application:

Planting a few of these in your garden also ensures a consistent subtle perfume. The flower clusters are lightly fragrant from the time they bloom in the summer all the way until fall fully sets in. Growing about 3 feet in height and under 2 feet in width, these are tidy plants to include in any wildflower garden, cottage bed or border!

Ideal in cut flower gardens and especially useful for pollinator gardens! These host plants feed Monarch butterfly caterpillars and the flowers feed the adults. But not just the illustrious Monarch, but other butterflies and pollinators as well - even a hummingbird or two will stop by to visit! Delight kids by including these easy-care plants in your Children or Sensory gardens as well!

  • Fragrant White Flower Clusters
  • Unique Slender Leaves
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Easy to Grow!
  • Hardy Perennial for Beds, Borders & Pollinator Gardens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Whorled Milkweed is native to North America and can grow in a wide array of conditions. It grows best in well-drained soil somewhere it can bask in the sun for hours. It can, however, tolerate light shade. This Milkweed type isn't picky about the composition of the soil at all, in fact, this highly xeric plant prefers soil that other plants detest - as there is less competition for sunlight.

  • Full Sun
  • Low Moisture Needs Once Established
  • Adaptable to Most Soil
  • Prune Back in Early Spring
  • Deer Resistant & Very Easy to Grow & Care For

There are few plants that attract butterflies, especially Monarch Butterflies, like the Whorled Milkweed! Add one to your garden today for a wondrous winged celebration each year! Order this beneficial perennial today from NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Whorled Milkweed Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Asclepias verticillate
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 30 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes