This non-showy plant is unlikely to receive favor from the mass market in horticulture, but it is nonetheless quite interesting to examine. This milkweed species is rather variable across different localities; there is a variety with narrow leaves that occurs in sandy areas near Lake Michigan. Short Green Milkweed can be distinguished from most other species of milkweeds by its nodding umbels of green flowers. The rare Asclepias meadii
(Mead's Milkweed) has this characteristic, but its flowers are noticeably larger in size, and the hoods of its flowers have horns. Another milkweed species, Asclepias hirtella
(Tall Green Milkweed) produces nodding umbels of flowers, but they are usually more white than green in appearance, and its leaves are more linear and narrow than the leaves of Short Green Milkweed.