Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Poke Milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)
    Dogbane Family
    This tall milkweed species will thrive in the shady woodland's edge, or the sunny garden. It will grow best in organically rich soils, but will also adapt to more average clay soil. Flowers are tinged with green and purple and droop attractively down. It is one of the earliest species in North Carolina to bloom.This species is most similar in appearance to common milkweed, but does not form aggressive colonies like common milkweed. It can struggle when initially transplanted, and may go dormant soon after.

    Blooms: Cream & Green, 3-4 weeks, July-Aug
    Leaves: Large, ovate, can have purple veins
    Height: 2-5’
    Space: 1-2
    Soil: Average-Moist, rich forest soil
    Exposure: Part sun-Part shade
    Fauna: High value, moth and butterfly host plant, food for numerous beetles and bugs
    Seeds: 6” narrow pods contain numerous flat brown seeds attached to long tufts of hair

    Deer Resistance: High

    Zone: 4-7
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Mountains, rare in the Piedmont
     VA ecotype, seed grown