Asclepias viridiflora Raf. - Short Green Milkweed


 

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Asclepias viridiflora - (image 1 of 4)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Habitat

Dry upland woods, prairies, barrens, and dunes.

Associates

 

Distribution

Southern NY and CT west to MI and Manitoba, south to GA, AZ, and northern Mexico. More common to the west.

Morphology

Perennial herb, often with a leaning habit; stems 30-80 cm long, thinly hairy. Leaves opposite, petiolate. Umbels two to several from the leaf axils; flowers pale green, inconspicuous; hoods of the corona without horns.

Notes

Flowers June to August

Wetland Indicator: Upland

Not a very showy milkweed but still an important food plant for monarch butterflies. Most often found on sandy soils.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.

The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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