Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Asclepias verticillata or Whorled Milkweed

From The Prairie Moon Nursery description: Asclepias verticillata (Whorled Milkweed) has very skinny, "whorled" leaves. There are clusters of approximately 20 flowers near the top of each plant. Whorled Milkweed can bloom anytime between July and September, which is later in the year than many other Milkweeds.  The white flowers can be a greenish-white on some plants. When the Whorled Milkweed is mature it reaches a height around 2'.  The nectar of the flowers attracts many kinds of insects, including long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, skippers and beetles.  Whorled Milkweed is deer and rabbit-resistant.

April 12, 2015
WV Sprout.  As with the other milkweed seeds we are starting, I have removed the stratified seeds from their home in the refrigerator.  They have been in the refrigerator since March 2.

Using a soilless mix and placing 5-6 seeds in a large pot, I have planted several pots today and taken outside in the hopes that I will now see some sprouts.  We hope to have pots with green leaves showing by our June membership picnic.  Our weather is already very warm, but the last frost date here is May 10.  A dry week is predicted so I will have to watch and make sure these pots don't dry out.

A large bucket of moistened soilless mix
and a few smaller pots.  5-6 seeds will
to into each of the smaller pots.

June 9, 2014  So far, so good!  We have actually had a high germination rate of our seeds.  They were potted up at two different times, one set April 12 (above) and the other just recently.  The earlier pots are doing well and shown below.  These are in the holding area where the Baptisia plants are located; you can see one in the lower right in the white rimmed pots.  Other asclepias are in a sunnier spot and you can see their progress under whirled milkweed and spider milkweed.

Holding area for the Whorled Milkweed.
The pots with seedlings are from the April
workshop.  The empty ones just had seeds put in
them a couple of weeks ago.
A close up of Whorled Milkweed.

August 13, 2015
Symphony Sprout shared a photo of her whorled milkweed! Lots of great growth over the summer. 

All our future posts will be on the Marvelous Milkweeds page as an ongoing journal.


1 comment:

  1. Symphony Sprout has shared a photo of her Whorled Milkweed in mid August.