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Asclepias exaltata – Poke Milkweed


Poke Milkweed is native to Michigan and can also be found throughout the eastern portion of the United States and Canada. It is most often found at the edges of forests and upland woods and is one of the few milkweeds that prosper in shaded conditions. Tall and elegant with drooping flowers that are white with pink accents and extremely fragrant, this milkweed is a popular nectar source in addition to being a host plant for the Monarch butterfly. This is a non-aggressive milkweed and once established, plants are known to survive for decades.

Available –  May 2017

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Available Late May – June

Asclepias exaltata Poke Milkweed

Distribution: 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

Asclepias exaltata Poke Milkweed is a tall milkweed commonly found at the edges of forests and woodlands. Poke Milkweed does well in shaded, moist growing conditions and produces delightfully aromatic flowers. The flowers are attractive to native butterflies and pollinators and is an important host plant for Monarch butterflies.

Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) is of vital importance and critical to the survival of the Monarch butterfly as the larvae only eat milkweed. Females will search for fresh tender leaves on which to lay their eggs. With habitat loss and the use of pesticides it is has become increasingly difficult for Monarchs to find Asclepias during their spring migration and throughout the summer breeding season, particularly in the Midwest prairies where it once grew in abundance.

All of our plants are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and are safe for developing larvae.


Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 4 × 4 × 4 in