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Asclepias exaltata

Poke Milkweed, Tall Milkweed

Scientific Name:

Asclepias exaltata

Genus:

Asclepias

Species Epithet:

exaltata

Common Name:

Poke Milkweed, Tall Milkweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

“Moist forests, slopes, and forest margins.” Weakley 2015

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

"Asclepias exaltata is a tall milkweed frequently found on the edges of forests. It resembles the Common Milkweed, A. syriaca, and has been known to hybridize with this species in areas where both occur in close proximity. The leaves can be quite large on plants growing in moist shaded conditions. Umbels are pendulous with relatively few flowers. Strikingly aromatic when in bloom (Webref 20)." Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Plant

image

Martha Baskin

Blooms

image

Martha Baskin

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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