Green Milkweed (Asclepias viridis)

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Green antelopehorn is a native, perennial forb or herb with alternate, entire leaves. The leaf margins are often wavy. Flowers are white and in an umbel, mostly one per plant. Upon close inspection, some rose or purple color is evident in the center of each individual flower (gynostegium). The milky substance that is exuded when a plant part is broken is very sticky, much resembling “Elmer’s glue.” These milkweeds bloom from late spring to middle summer.

This milkweed is common in pastures from Kansas to Texas. Generally avoided by cattle and horses. It can be found along roadsides, ditches, prairies, open areas, and other areas with little vegetative competition. The flowers are distinct in that they lack horns.

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Green Milkweed could very well go unnoticed as you pass by. But if you look closely you will find an amazing flower.
The fluff surrounding the seeds is used by Goldfinches to
line their nests. It was also used in the making of candle wicks by early settlers.
Asclepias viridis Is native to Texas and other States.

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