Green Milkweed,  Asclepias viridiflora

Asclepiadaceae or Milkweed Family

Plant in flower Low plant, 1 to 3 feet tall, often leaning.  Leaves usually opposite each other, thick, oval, strongly veined.  Flowers green, in dense clusters.  Flowers are very oddly shaped;  five green petals are bent back and tightly pressed to the flowerstalk.  Stamens (male parts) are united into a crown, with five green hoods around them.  Blooms in summer.

Native plant of dry woods and clearings.  In Wildwood, found on top of the cliffs along Wildwood Drive, near the Grand Staircase.

The flowers are similar to those of other milkweeds, but, with one exception, no other milkweed in the Park has green flowers. Whorled milkweed (A. verticillata) has greenish white flowers and has been reported from the Park, but is apparently rare; it has very narrow, almost grass-like leaves in whorls of 3 to 6..




Plant in fruit

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