Range and Habitat in Illinois
Short Green Milkweed is widely distributed in Illinois, but it is absent from some eastern and central counties. (see Distribution Map). In areas where it occurs, Short Green Milkweed is uncommon to occasional. Habitats include openings in upland forests that are rocky or sandy; mesic to dry black soil prairies, sand prairies, gravel prairies, and hill prairies; barrens, limestone glades, and sand dunes; and abandoned fields. This species of milkweed usually occurs in high quality habitats, rather than disturbed areas. It is easy to overlook, even when it is in bloom.