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Asclepias exaltata

poke milkweed

This milkweed blooms earlier than any other and is tolerant of both moisture and shade, allowing milkweed lovers to greatly extend the spatial and seasonal range of their plantings. Like all milkweeds, this plant serves as host to monarch caterpillars and other specialist insects, with flowers feeding other pollinators as well.

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Height: 18-54 in
Spread: 12-24 in
Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Bloom Color: White

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(58) Northeastern Highlands
Ornamental Interest
Summer Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance

North American Distribution

poke milkweed - Asclepias exaltata from Native Plant Trust
poke milkweed - Asclepias exaltata from Native Plant Trust