Asclepias verticillata

Horsetail Milkweed, Milkweed
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Easy to Grow and Maintain
This hardy native needs absolutely no coddling. Likes a hot dry spot, but will even tolerate moist garden soils. Asclepias verticillata's white flowers are in clusters that reach 3" across in summer. Grey-green foliage turns yellow-orange in the fall for added interest. An excellent food source for butterfly larvae.

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Plant Type Perennials
Height Short 12-24"
Spacing Plant 24" apart
Bloom Time Early Summer to Late Summer
Sun / Shade Full Sun
Soil Type Normal, Clay, Sandy, Acidic
Water Needs Low
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Special Features

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Fragrant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Winter Interest

Planting Sites

  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Wet Site Tolerant

Asclepias General Information

Asclepias, Whorled or Horsetail Milkweeds are best in sunny locations with sandy soils. Almost needle-like foliage appears in whorls of 3-6 at each node. Milkweed is a nectar source for Monarch butterflies and also a host plant for them to lay their eggs. Plant in groups to attract more butterflies. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Asclepias Plant Care

Low maintenance. Can be slow to establish but is long-lived once it takes hold. Late to emerge in the spring. If desired, divide and cut back in spring when new growth starts, being careful of long taproot. Be aware that Asclepias is slow to recover once moved or divided. Remove spent flowers to encourage rebloom and prevent self sowing. Allow some spent flowers from 2nd bloom to remain on plant to form ornamental fruit for late season interest.