Asclepias verticillata
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Asclepias verticillata

whorled milkweed

  family apocynaceae 
  genus asclepias 

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Genus  Asclepias Species  verticillata Variety  Cultivar  Common names  whorled milkweed Family  APOCYNACEAE Specimen number  S5080 Data source  Poison p88
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Erect Overall height  1' 6" - 3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Whole plant Poisonous indications  It contains galitoxin which causes spasm, weakness, and seizure. It also contains additional glycosides. It can be fatal to livestock in large quantities. Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  yes Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  This whole plant is toxic. Keep out of pastures and away from livestock grazing areas. It contains galitoxin which causes spasm, weakness, and seizure. It also contains additional glycosides. It can be fatal to livestock in large quantities.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Asclepias verticillata is a perennial. Flowers: Whorled milkweed has crowded umbels of 6 to 20 green-white blossoms with a purple tinge. Flowers begin in June and don't stop until September. Most often the flowers occur in either white or green, with an accent in purple.

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