Asclepias exaltata

Asclepias exaltata


Well-loved by butterflies and bees, this milkweed thrives in shady areas!

Poke Milkweed Category:


Plant these for Monarch butterflies!

*Please note: Asclepias species are slow to emerge in the spring.  If your order contains any of milkweeds, your order may be delayed until late May to early June, depending on the weather and this year’s germination rates.*

Key Information:

Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Part Shade – Shade
Height: 5 feet
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Season: June – July

More Detail:

Suggested Uses: Poke Milkweed thrives in woodland settings, preferring dappled shade to full shade. It is a very long-lived perennial. Rabbits will snack on this plant.

Native Range: Native to the eastern half of the US. Native throughout Central and Southeast Minnesota. Minnesota and Iowa are at the furthest western edge of the range for Poke Milkweed.

Pollinators/Habitat: True to the genus, Poke Milkweed is an exceptional pollinator plant. Monarchs lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed species (Asclepias). Poke Milkweed is a larval host for the Monarch butterfly and several moths. It is also well loved by bees, including the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis).

Flowers: Off-white flowers grow in clusters that droop.

Leaves: Leaves are oval, opposite.

More information: USDA plant profile

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs

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