Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Green Milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora)
    Dogbane Family

    This hard to find milkweed is not a showstopper, but rather a horticultural delight. Its rather small stature and green flowers make this a front border plant. Plant in a small group if possible, in order to really stand out. It is not an aggressive spreader like some milkweeds, so can be reliably left to play well with other small-ish plants. It prefers lean, dry soils in full sun–do not fertilize or plant with rich soil.

    Blooms: Green, 2-3 weeks, Apr-May
    Leaves: 5” oppositely arranged, fuzzy, pale green
    Height: 1-2’
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Average-Dry, prefers poor soils
    Exposure:  Full sun-Part sun
    Fauna: Mostly bumblebees, plus the full array of milkweed feeding insects, including Monarchs
    Seeds: 3-5” pods are filled with flat brown seeds attached to silky white tufts
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC native, uncommon in the Piedmont, rare in the Sandhills and Mountains
    Provenance: VA, seed grown