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Asclepias viridis – Spider Milkweed


Spider Milkweed is also commonly known as Green Antelopehorn Milkweed. In Texas, it is quite common and is considered an important food source for the Monarchs as they start their spring migration northward. Spider Milkweed has a native range of Texas north to Nebraska and eastward as far as West Virginia and South Carolina. It can be found along roadsides, ditches, prairies, open areas, and other areas with little vegetative competition. This species tends to be short (12 inches) with multiple stems emerging from the root crown of mature plants. Taller, more erect plants, usually with one or a few stems, can be found in moist prairies. Spider Milkweed features rose-white flowers surrounded by green that form in showy umbellated clusters, often one per plant.

Available – May 2017

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Asclepias viridis Spider Milkweed

Distribution: AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN (Endangered), KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, NE, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, WV

Asclepias viridis Spider Milkweed is also known Green Antelopehorn Milkweed.  It is a short, drought-tolerant, not aggressive asclepias featuring rose-white flowers surrounded by green. Its simple beauty and spreading habit make it a desirable garden choice for butterfly gardens and Monarch Waystations. Spider Milkweed is the earliest spring blooming milkweed making it a high value butterfly nectar source.

This milkweed is easily grown in full sun and prefers dry to medium soil. It is a highly adaptable and resilient prairie native and can grow in a variety of soil conditions.

Deer and Rabbit resistant.

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.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 4 × 4 × 4 in