Asclepias exaltata

Asclepias exaltata


Poke Milkweed Category:


Plant these for Monarch butterflies!

Key Information:

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

More Detail:

Suggested Uses: Thrives in woodland settings, preferring dappled shade to full shade. It is a very long-lived perennial.

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.

Interesting Facts:

Rabbits will snack on this plant.

More information: USDA PLANTS Database profile page

Additional information

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