A unique milkweed with variable leaf shape and large, green flowers. Excellent for butterflies and bees.
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Very drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1-3 ft
Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Season: June – August
Suggested Uses: Green Milkweed does well in sandy and gravelly soils. This is an especially fascinating milkweed because it has a very variable leaf shape between different plants, ranging from narrow, linear leaves to oblong leaves with wavy edges. Resistant to browsing from animals.
Native Range: Native throughout much of the U.S. and Canada. Native throughout the state of Minnesota except the Laurentian Mixed Forests of the Northeast.
Pollinators: Most often bee-pollinated, including the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis). Green Milkweed is also a larval host for Monarch butterflies.
Flowers: Flowers are green, growing from the leaf axils. Flower structure is similar to that of many other Milkweed species. Pod is smooth.
Leaves: Leaf shape varies considerably from plant to plant. Some have narrow, linear leaves and others have oblong leaves with wavy edges. All leaves generally have pointed tips and are folded down the central vein.
Other Names: Green Comet Milkweed
More information: USDA plant profile