Asclepias viridiflora green milkweed Asclepiadaceae ASVI; R, gb, sc;

   

Asclepias viridiflora. Eleanor Saulys.ct-botanical-society.org. (Accessed 6/2014).

Asclepias viridiflora. Eleanor Saulys.ct-botanical-society.org. (Accessed 6/2014).

Asclepias viridiflora is a perennial 30-80 cm tall, stems erect to prostrate, often numerous in same area, possibly colonial. 

Leaves opposite, shape very variable, thick, oval to lance-shaped , tip blunt. 

Asclepias viridiflora (green milkweed) flowers close-up. By Keir Morse. Copyright © 2017 Keir Morse. www.keiriosity.com. New England Wild Flower Society. gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Asclepias viridiflora (green milkweed) flowers close-up. By Keir Morse. Copyright © 2017 Keir Morse. www.keiriosity.com. New England Wild Flower Society. gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 10/2017).

Flowers green, radially symmetrical (see Asclepias Genus), about 1 cm long, crowded, in umbrella-shaped clusters with little or no stalk. 

Fruit dry, pods 8-11 cm long, slender, splitting open to release seeds with silky tufts of hairs. 

Asclepias viridiflora fruit. By Keir Morse. Copyright © 2017 Keir Morse. www.keiriosity.com. New England Wild Flower Society. gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 10/2017).

Asclepias viridiflora fruit. By Keir Morse. Copyright © 2017 Keir Morse. www.keiriosity.com. New England Wild Flower Society. gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 10/2017).

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: NYS Rare, S2, T. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Dry open, sandy soil or rocky barrens. 

Notes: Insect herbivores mostly Hemiptera (bugs), (Wilbur 1976).