|Benefits:||Pollinators, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Host Plant|
|Zones:||3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
Unique among milkweeds, Poke Milkweed is one of the most shade tolerant of its genus. Aromatic in bloom, the spreading umbels with white to pink flowers weep downward on individual stems, reminiscent of fireworks. The unique flowers give way to beautiful elongated seed pods.
Asclepias exaltata is a woodland native and is taller than its prairie and savanna cousins, reaching five feet and sometimes more. The leaves can be quite large as well. Moderate moisture with good organic content in partial shade is optimal. Once established its deep taproot will make it nearly impossible to transplant successfully, so it’s best planted where it will be happy, and left undisturbed.
Poke Milkweed is rare in parts of it’s range. It has been known to hybridize with Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) when the plants occur in close proximity.