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Asclepias verticillata

Whorled Milkweed

Scientific Name:

Asclepias verticillata

Genus:

Asclepias

Species Epithet:

verticillata

Common Name:

Whorled Milkweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Barrens, thin soils of rock outcrops (especially mafic rocks), thin woodlands, sandhills. Uncommon in NC mountains, common in piedmont, uncommon in coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Asclepias verticillata blossom detail. Blossoms are white with green strongly-reflexed corolla lobes often tinged with purple.

Will Stuart

The leaves of Whorled Milkweed are very slender (1-2 mm wide) with rolled margins.

Will Stuart

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/asclepias-verticillata/

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

700 Bird-friendly Plants for NC: https://nc.audubon.org/700



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