Plant Care Fourleaf Milkweed

Fourleaf Milkweed

About Fourleaf Milkweed

Fourleaf Milkweed is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Fourleaf Milkweed likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Fourleaf Milkweed belongs to the Asclepias genus, and is native to Southeastern Canada to the Northern Central and Eastern United States.

⚠️ Fourleaf Milkweed is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


Asclepias quadrifolia

Also known as

fourleaf milkweed and whorled milkweed

How to care for Fourleaf Milkweed


How often to water your Fourleaf Milkweed

Water needs for Fourleaf Milkweed
0.5 cups
every 9

Fourleaf Milkweed needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Fourleaf Milkweed in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Fourleaf Milkweed: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Fourleaf Milkweed love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Fourleaf Milkweed does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Fourleaf Milkweed in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Fourleaf Milkweed

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Fourleaf Milkweed: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Fourleaf Milkweed after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Fourleaf Milkweed is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Fourleaf Milkweed

Fourleaf Milkweed

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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