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Asclepias viridis

Asclepias viridis

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Green Milkweed is an easy to grow, deer resistant, North American native that can be found from Ohio to Nebraska south to Florida and Texas. It attracts butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and all sort of other beneficial creatures. The leaves are an important food source for the monarch butterfly caterpillar. We grow it for its bushy form and clusters of unusual green flowers.

Easy to grow in full sun in average to dry soils. Drought tolerant and extremely low maintenance. Plant it in the border or allow it to naturalize in the landscape.

WARNING: sap may irritate skin

Zones: 3 to 9

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Type: Perennial

Height: 18 to 30 in.

Spread: 12 to 24 in.

Exposure: full sun

Soil Conditions: dry, well-drained, average

Bloom Time: May to September

Bloom Color: Green Flower Umbels

Native Range: central and southeastern United States from Nebraska to Texas east to Ohio and West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and south from South Carolina to Florida

Image Credits:

Eric Hunt, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

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