Asclepias viridiflora Short Green Milkweed
Asclepias viridiflora Short Green Milkweed is one of the more widespread milkweeds. It reaches about one foot high and features greenish nodding clusters of green flowers that often become more yellowed as they age. While not exceptionally beautiful, it is an interesting milkweed variety. . It is short, compact, and not too aggressive so functionally it is a great functional milkweed for a normal/dry to dry yard.
Short Green Milkweed is a species found in moist to dry shaded roadsides, savanna, fields, and prairies. It tends to grow in light to moderate shade, but tolerates full sun.
Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) is of vital importance and critical to the survival of the Monarch butterfly as the larvae only eat milkweed. Females will search for fresh tender leaves on which to lay their eggs. With habitat loss and the use of pesticides it is has become increasingly difficult for Monarchs to find Asclepias during their spring migration and throughout the summer breeding season, particularly in the Midwest prairies where it once grew in abundance.
All of our plants are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and are safe for developing larvae.