Asclepias verticillata

Perennial of the Year 2017

Horsetail Milkweed, Milkweed

Type: Perennials
Height: Short 12-24" (Plant 24" apart)
Bloom Time: Early Summer to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun
Zones: 4-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay
Flower / Accent: White / White
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep
This hardy native needs absolutely no coddling. Likes a hot dry spot, but will even tolerate moist garden soils. Asclepias verticillata 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.

Features to Note:

  • Deer Resistant
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Fragrant
  • Wet Site Tolerant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Beneficial for Pollinators

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.

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.

$15.95 ea.
(3+) $15.50 ea.
Ships: Spring 2017
Plant Code: ASVE