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(Asclepias viridis)
Green Milkweed

Host Plant: Monarch, Soldier, and Queen Butterflies

Nectar Plant: many other butterflies

Flower Color: green, yellow, and white with purple horns

Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial to grows to 3 feet tall

Range in North America: midwest and southern North America

Exposure: Full Sun

Hardiness: Zones 5-9

Soil Requirements: well-drained soil that is medium moist to dry

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Alternate Names:  Green Antelope-horn, Spider Milkweed


Green Milkweed (Asclepias viridis), a member of the Apocynaceae ((Dogbane Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 3 feet tall and has white, yellow, or green flowers with purple horns that bloom in the spring and summer.  More information about this plant can be found in this blog post.

Host and Nectar Species

Green milkweed is a host to monarch (Danaus plexippus), soldier (Danaus eresimus), and queen (Danaus gilippus) butterflies.

Natural Habitat and Range

Green milkweed is found in open areas such as fields, pastures, and roadsides.  It is native to mid-western and southern North America.

Interesting Facts about Asclepias viridis

This is one of the first milkweeds to bloom in the Ohio Valley.  The species name, viridis, is Latin for the color green.  The seedpod looks like an antelopehorn, hence one of the common names (Missouri Botanical Garden).

Green Milkweed (Asclepias viridis) External Links


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Missouri Botanical Garden


Grow Milkweed Plants

NRCS Oklahoma

Native Location

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9

Exposure Requirements

Full Sun

Plant Habit


Soil Requirements

Dry, Medium, Moist

Hosted Species

Danaus eresimus (Soldier), Danaus gilippus (Queen), Danaus plexippus (Monarch)


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