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Asclepias exaltata

As the name implies, Asclepias exaltata is in the milkweed family and resembles the common milkweed. Poke Milkweed (not to be confused with pokeweed) grows well in dappled shade/full shade and moist soil conditions.


It has large, sturdy, structural green foliage and very delicate flowers that have a delicious scent. Longer lasting than the other milkweed, this specimen would make a fine addition to a shaded pollinator garden.


Prairie Moon mentions that it does tend to hybridize with common milkweed if they are in the same area. As with the other milkweeds, Asclepias exaltata is an incredibly ecologically important plant, supporting native bees along with a plethora of other species.


This one is a bunny favorite, so plant a bunch and let the buns snack on this and hopefully they will leave your other precious plants alone. (Wishful thinking?)


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Asclepias exaltata (Poke milkweed)

  • details


    1/2 quart pot

    type: herbaceous perennial
    sun needs: part shade to shade
    water needs: average to dry soil
    height: 5'
    plant spacing: 2' distance
    bloom time: June, July
    bloom color: white
  • good plant companions

    Wild geranium, sweet Joe-Pye weed, large leaf wood aster, wreath goldenrod

  • special notes

    moderate salt tolerance. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.
    deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)