Green Milkweed Asclepias viridiflora Rafinesque  Synonyms: Acerates viridiflora,  Green Comet Milkweed,  Short Green Milkweed.

Status:

Green Milkweed is an uncommon native milkweed that is found in open dry habitats throughout most of Maryland. Green Milkweed appears to be absent from the lower Eastern Shore and from the Allegheny Plateau of Garrett County.

Blooming dates in the Maryland Biodiversity Project database range from 6/8 through 8/14.

Description:

Green Milkweed is unmistakable and looks like no other Maryland milkweed species. The plant often has a drooping appearance and can even be found growing prostrate on the ground. The flowers of Green Milkweed are light yellowish green and and often point down towards the ground.

Where to find:

Soldier's Delight NEA is the best place in the state to view Green Milkweed.

Relationships:

Monarch caterpillars occasionally use Green Milkweed as a host plant.

There are 67 records in the project database.

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Green Milkweed in Baltimore Co., Maryland (7/1/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Green Milkweed blooming in Baltimore Co., Maryland (7/3/2016). Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

Green Milkweed in Caroline Co., Maryland (6/24/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Green Milkweed blooming in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/2/2014). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Green Milkweed blooming in Washington Co., Maryland (8/3/2016). Photo by Frank Boyle. (MBP list)

Green Milkweed in Allegany Co., Maryland (7/4/2016). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Green Milkweed blooming in Harford Co., Maryland (8/12/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Green Milkweed in Kent Co., Maryland (7/5/2016). Photo by Nancy Martin. (MBP list)

Green Milkweed in Allegany Co., Maryland (7/8/2016). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

The seed pod of Green Milkweed in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/2/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Green Milkweed with seed pods in Cecil Co., Maryland (8/14/1981). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Green Milkweed in Howard Co., Maryland (7/4/1984). Photo by Robert Solem. (MBP list)

Green Milkweed fruiting in Cecil Co., Maryland (8/14/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Green Milkweed in Baltimore Co., Maryland (6/10/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)


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