Asclepias viridiflora (Short Green Milkweed)


Certain milkweeds take a bit of time to grow depending on the year so these may not be ready until approximately early June.

Monarch Butterflies are fully and exclusively dependent upon milkweeds for laying eggs and for larva food source and they can nectar. These plants were once so plentiful they were literally called weeds because they were problematic in agricultural fields. However, that's no longer the case with regular Glyphosate treatments to agricultural fields wiping out all "weeds". With fragmentation, global climate change, pollution, and other threats this is a major problem for Monarch butterflies that heavily depend upon the milkweed and other native plants.Monarch's need milkweeds, but also nectar sources that many native flowers provide. Help keep these going! Please consider your part in this planet, plant Monarch food sources including milkweed and other native plants. 

Short Green Milkweed reaches about one foot high and features greenish nodding clusters of green flowers that often become more yellow as they age. This is not an exquisitely beautiful flower, but nonetheless interesting.  It is short, compact, and not too aggressive so functionally it is a great functional milkweed for a normal/dry to dry yard. Not a common plant by any means, so having this one will give you some bragging rights :) 

  • Sun Exposure Prairie/Savanna
  • Soil Conditions Mesic, Dry-Mesic, Dry
  • Height 1'
  • Flower Color white to green
  • Flower Time July
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