Asclepias verticillata, Whorled Milkweed

Historical Uses:

The Choctaw Nation was reported to chew roots of A. verticillata and take strong decoctions for snakebites. The roots were also used as stimulants. The Hopi Nation boiled the leaves and young shoots with meat for meals. The Navajo Nation was reported to use the plant for nose and throat issues.


While not particularly appealing to monarch caterpillars due to the thin leaves, A. verticillata is still attractive to butterflies, bees, and wasps!

  • Listing ID: 3802
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Soil Moisture: 1-5 (dry to wet): 1-3
  • Stratification: 30 days cold moist stratification required
  • Bloom Time: July-August
  • Family: Apocynaceae (Milkweed or Dogbane)
  • Sunlight Exposure: Prefers full sun
  • Latin Name: Asclepias verticillata
  • Common Name: Whorled Milkweed
  • Eco-Region: 251