Asclepias viridis (Green Milkweed)

Asclepias viridis, also known as Green Milkweed or Green Antelopehorn, is a native plant to the United States, found in states such as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

Asclepias viridis belongs to the Asclepiadaceae family and can grow up to 10 feet in size. Green Milkweed is a perennial herb that is known for its attractive green and white flowers, which bloom in the summer and attract a variety of pollinators. It is a valuable plant for gardens and landscapes, providing food and habitat for a wide range of wildlife.

Asclepias viridis Information

Common NamesGreen Milkweed, Green Antelopehorn
Native to USAAL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, NE, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, WV
SizeUp to 10 feet

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Asclepias viridis edible?

Asclepias viridis, or Green Milkweed, is not typically considered edible for humans. While some species of milkweeds are known to have been used as a food source by indigenous peoples in North America, the milky sap of Green Milkweed and other Asclepias species contains toxic compounds called cardenolides that can cause digestive discomfort if ingested in large amounts. It is not recommended to consume this plant as a food source.

Is Asclepias viridis invasive?

Asclepias viridis, or Green Milkweed, is not considered to be an invasive species in the United States. It is native to a large portion of the country and is not known to aggressively spread beyond its natural range. However, like any plant, it can potentially spread if it is introduced to a new area and conditions are favorable for its growth.