Asclepias hirtella

Common name: Tall Green Milkweed

Native plant

Less well known than the others, this milkweed offers a much different look than some of the more common ones.  It has thin, lance-shaped leaves and light green umbels of flowers emerging from nodes like little pom poms running up and down the plant.  Like all milkweeds, this plant is a host for Monarch caterpillars as well as many other pollinators. Does well in all sun conditions, but will have the most robust growth and flower development in full sun.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 1
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Prairie Grasslands, Savannas

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

Additional information

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