Asclepias verticillata

Growing Information

Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial
Soils: medium to dry
Bloom Time: July, August
Size: 1-2 feet in height

A Cape Cod native, but rare in Massachusetts. Drought-tolerant. Leaves are narrow, needle like. It serves as a host plant for monarch caterpillars. Flowers are fragrant. Good for a low meadow setting or container planting. Like all milkweeds, produces pods with many seeds. May not flower until second year of growth.

Garden Companions

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Nature Benefits

• Attracts monarch butterflies to lay their eggs.
• Flowers attract other pollinators.

Natural Habitat

Occurs in fields, pastures, and roadsides.

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