Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, loam
Bloom Time: June, July
Bloom Color: white, pink
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6
Additional Tags: colonizing, naturalizing, poisonous, shade garden plant, woodland plant
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Asclepias exaltataAlso known as:
Asclepias bicknellii, Asclepias phytolaccoides
Growing up to 6', Asclepias exaltata is a tall species of milkweed with loose, spreading umbels of ivory to deep pink flowers and large tapering oblong leaves. Flower heads are reminiscent in form of exploding fireworks. Flowers give way to elongated seed pods.
Poke milkweed is a woodland native species, and one of the more shade tolerant Asclepias. It is easily grown in any moist rich soil in part shade or filtered light. The bloom period lasts about a month, during mid-summer. Zones 4-6
Propagate from seed. Its deep taproot makes it near impossible to transplant successfully.
The common name "poke milkweed" is due to the plant's leaves, which somewhat resemble those of pokeweed. All parts of the plant are considered poisonous in large quantities.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Special Concern: RI
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