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Asclepias exaltata / Poke Milkweed (Dogbane Family)

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This tall milkweed species will thrive in the shady woodland's edge. 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 most similar in appearance to common milkweed, but does not form aggressive colonies like common milkweed. Flowers are tinged with green and purple and droop attractively down. 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 to moist, rich forest soil
Exposure: Part sun-Dappled 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
Provenance:
 VA, seed grown