Asclepias verticillata, Whorled Milkweed
A pretty Milkweed that is adored by butterflies, Whorled Milkweed, Asclepias verticillata, 1-2′ stems are topped with fragrant white flowers in midsummer. Its beautifully textured long needle-like leaves turn a bright yellowish orange in fall. Plants are toxic to livestock and humans. A Missouri native perennial, it spreads by seed and rhizomes, but is not invasive. Adored by butterflies and pollinators. Important food source for Monarch butterflies.
Easily grown in sunny areas, plants prefer full sun, at least 6 hours a day, and well-drained soil. These tough plants tolerate drought, and high heat and humidity.
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