We were excited to find flowering plants of the Green Comet Milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora) near Sandy Creek in Greene County and at two sites in Jasper County, Georgia. We'd been mourning the apparent loss, to road grading, of a Green Comet Milkweed plant we;d found in Wilkes County last year.
Every time we’ve gone along this road, we’ve looked for it but not seen it. And then, last Sunday, I spotted it. No, it hadn’t moved. It had grown at an angle so that I was probably seeing the leaves of the plant edge on and not recognizing the characteristic leaf shape. Last Sunday I glanced back and caught sight of the leaves.
And there it was.
Another angle. It blends into the plants around it.
And this year it has a seed pod as well as setting more flowers. It’s the first time we’ve seen a green comet seed pod. We’ll be following this plant.
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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Asclepias viridiflora (Green Comet Milkweed)
- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Asclepias viridiflora
- Southeastern Flora: Green Comet Milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora)
- Missouri Plants: Asclepias viridiflora
- Illinois Flowers: Short Green Milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora)
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index
- Green Comet Milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora)