Green Milkweed

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Green Milkweed (Asclepias viridis) grows best in Central and Southeastern United States, and is a primary food source for adult Monarchs and their caterpillars, especially in Texas. 

Green Milkweed is also a highly attractive host plant for Soldier and Queen Butterfly caterpillars and serves as a nectar plant for many other butterflies and pollinators, too.


Green Milkweed
Asclepias viriis
Green Milkweed

Green Milkweed is an herbaceous perennial, hardy in zones 4-9. It’s one of the earlier-flowering milkweeds, blooming from May to June. As such, this is a great milkweed to plant for those early-migrating Monarchs. The larger-than-average flower clusters are a unique creamy greenish color, with purple highlights in the center.

Growing 1-2′ tall, this is one of the shorter milkweeds. Green Milkweed behaves well in the garden, spreading gently. It utilizes a taproot, making it very drought-tolerant. It will thrive in dry to medium-moist soils, but well-drained soil is a must. .

Most milkweeds prefer full sun, and Green Milkweed is no exception. It performs best under no more than partly-shady conditions.

Asclepias viridiflora, also known as green milkweed, is a perennial herb native to the following states in the United States:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming



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Mary Hoggins
Tyler, Texas

Last year in the Fall, I collected a lot of seeds I planted this year.

Author's name
Dallas, Texas

They really added a big splash of color to the front of my house garden bed. Love them!

Audrey Long
Mobile, Alabama

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