Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)
Eastern Whorled Milkweed and Horsetail Milkweed
Description of Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)
Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata), a member of the Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family), is a herbaceous perennial that has white and green flowers, blooms in the spring to summer, and grows to 1 to 2.5 feet tall. This plant is toxic to livestock. More about this species can be found on this blog post.
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Many other insects, especially bees use this plant as a nectar source.
This milkweed grows in open areas and barrens with either full sun or part-shade.
Range of Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata) in the United States and Canada
The genus name, Asclepias, is the Greek name for the God of Medicine. The species name, verticillata, means “whorled” in Latin (Missouri Botanical Garden).