A Must-Have for Monarchs
Common name: Whorled Milkweed
It's hard to believe the fine, needle-like foliage of verticillata belongs to the milkweed family - it looks more like Amsonia. Yet, Monarchs adore it and place eggs on it for little caterpillars to grow. Grows well in loose soil, plan on dividing every 3 - 4 years.
Our perennials come nestled in a 4" square CowPot with a free metal plant ID marker. Learn more about why we think CowPots are so awesome here.
Note: Asclepias varieties are very late to emerge each spring. So late, many gardeners worry it has died. But have patience. :-) We like to put the metal ID marker very close to the plant so that we know just where to keep an eye out for the first shoots in May.
Features & Care
Attracts: Pollinators, Butterflies, Bees
Zones: 4 - 9
Height: 18" - 28"
Width: 12" - 24"
Light: Full Sun
Flowers: Aromatic, Dried seed pods
Soil: Tolerates poor soils
Patio: Can be grown in a container
Native: Native species
How To Plant
CowPots are made from composted cow manure. As the pot decomposes, it feeds the roots of the plant helping it get off to great start. We like to say the perennials think they're delicious and nutritious! :-)
You will plant the pot along with the plant! No need to put holes in the pot or remove the bottom. It decomposes faster than all other non-plastic pot options and the roots easily push through.
Place the plant in the hole so that the top of the soil in the pot matches the soil line in the garden. Ensure that soil is pressed against the pot on all sides and the bottom. Keep the area inside and outside the pot moist (but not soggy) for 3 to 4 weeks until the plant is established.
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