Asclepias viridiflora Raf. - Short Green Milkweed


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Asclepias viridiflora - (image 1 of 4)



Family: Asclepiadaceae


Dry upland woods, prairies, barrens, and dunes.




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


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.


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.


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.




Michael Hough 2004