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Green Antelopehorn Milkweed - Asclepias viridis

Green Antelopehorn Milkweed - Asclepias viridis

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Note: Currently small as they have been grown from seed.

Asclepias viridis, commonly known as Green or Antelopehorn Milkweed, is a native perennial plant that belongs to the milkweed family, Asclepiadaceae. This striking wildflower is characterized by its clusters of intricate greenish-white flowers and lance-shaped leaves, making it a beautiful addition to any garden or natural landscape.

- Appearance: Green Milkweed features upright stems adorned with clusters of small, greenish-white flowers with distinctive hoods and horns. Its lance-shaped leaves are arranged spirally along the stems, providing an attractive backdrop to the flowers.

- Habitat: Native to prairies, meadows, and open woodlands of central and southeastern United States, Green Milkweed thrives in well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. It is drought-tolerant once established and attracts a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.

- Wildlife Benefits: Asclepias viridis serves as a vital host plant for monarch, queen and soldier butterflies, providing essential food and habitat for their larvae. The nectar-rich flowers also attract a wide range of pollinators, supporting local biodiversity and ecosystem health.

- Growing Requirements: Green Milkweed is relatively easy to grow and adapts well to a variety of soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils. It benefits from occasional watering during dry periods and requires minimal maintenance once established. Deadheading spent flowers can help prolong blooming and prevent self-seeding.

- Caution: While Green Milkweed is an important native plant, it contains toxic compounds that can be harmful if ingested. It is not recommended for consumption by humans or animals.

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