Green milkweed (Asclepias hirtella) - 75 seeds
Native to the eastern and central United States, green milkweed is found in prairies, old fields, barrens, and glades. It matures to four feet in height and has multitudes of white-green flowers that bloom in the summer. It is also known as tall green milkweed.
Green milkweed attracts monarch butterflies and other pollinators. It is deer and rabbit resistant. Planting more milkweeds, even in small urban pockets, can provide personal satisfaction and education while helping to counter increasing threats to monarch butterfly populations.
Milkweed plants are the sole larval host plant for monarch butterflies as well as an adult nectar source for various pollinators. If you grow it, they will come!
- U.S. Native Range: AL, AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MS, MO, OK, TN, WI, and WV
- USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 (find your zone)
- Growth Type: Perennial forb/herb (wildflower)
- Plant Family: Apocynaceae (dogbane)
- Bloom: Fragrant white/green flowers bloom in summer
- Height: 4 feet
- Spread: 1 to 2 feet
- Light: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil: Dry to average moisture; sandy or rocky soil
- Notes: Seeds require 30 days of cold-moist stratification prior to planting
If you are growing this plant in a butterfly garden that includes larval host plants, follow our tips for a safe and healthy garden. DO NOT USE PESTICIDES of any kind on plants that are part of a butterfly garden or you will poison the creatures that feed on the plant.
Remember that MILKWEED CONTAINS TOXINS. The monarch caterpillar intentionally eats milkweed to become distasteful to protect itself from predators, hence the bright warning colors they feature as adults (butterflies). After handling milkweed, WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY and do not get the milky sap into your eyes or mouth. NEVER ingest any part of a milkweed plant.