Description

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**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Prefers dry to medium, well-drained soil
  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade
  • Tolerant of sandy and rocky soils
  • Drought-tolerant once established
  • Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

Features:

Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata) is a distinctive perennial wildflower known for its slender, whorled leaves and clusters of small, white flowers that bloom from mid-summer to early fall. This native plant is an excellent choice for meadows, prairies, and garden borders, offering unique foliage and blooms that attract a variety of pollinators. Its delicate appearance belies its hardy nature, making it a resilient addition to diverse landscapes.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Whorled Milkweed can reach a height of 1 to 3 feet with a spread of 1 to 2 feet. Its fine, narrow leaves are arranged in whorls around the stem, creating a distinctive, airy appearance. The upright stems are topped with small, star-shaped white flowers, adding a subtle yet striking visual element to garden compositions.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Whorled Milkweed offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Pollinator Haven: Its delicate white flowers attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. It is especially important for monarch butterflies, serving as a crucial larval host plant.
  • Erosion Control: The fibrous root system of Whorled Milkweed helps stabilize soil, making it an excellent choice for planting in erosion-prone areas such as slopes and sandy soils.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The dense, whorled foliage provides shelter and cover for various insects and small wildlife, while its flowers and seeds offer food sources for pollinators and birds, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance.
  • Visual Appeal: With its unique whorled leaves and delicate white blooms, Whorled Milkweed adds a distinctive and elegant touch to gardens, meadows, and prairies, creating a visually appealing and dynamic landscape.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Whorled Milkweed is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal care. Its drought tolerance and adaptability to poor soils make it an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a hardy and beautiful plant that enhances the ecological value of their garden.