Whorled Milkweed

By William T. Hathaway

Whorled Milkweed

Most often when we think of milkweeds, the shoulder-high common milkweed with its purplish flowers and thick leaves comes to mind; perhaps, we may recall having seen the conspicuous orange milkweed. However, there is scattered about us in dry fields and hard-packed soils a neat little milkweed bearing small clusters of greenish-white flowers. This whorled milkweed is about knee-high, bearing a circle of three or more leaves at each stem node. On close inspection the floral structure confirms the fact that this species is indeed another member of the relatively large milkweed genus.



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