Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Asclepias exaltata - Poke Milkweed (Tall Milkweed)

Ohio Native Plant -Natural Range

Asclepias exaltata

The United State Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Services has a wonderful map showing the natural range of Poke Milkweed

Monarch Caterpillar on Milkweed
Monarch Caterpillar
Photo by Roger Dahlin, Monarch caterpillar hosting on Poke Milkweed.

Cultivation Information 

Asclepias exaltata

Pronounced - ass-Klep-ee-ass

Height -
2 to 5 ft

Flower Color - White
Blooms - June - July
Sun - Part sun to shade

Hardy Zone -3 to 8
Soil - Medium to dry

Family - Ascelepidacae

Milkweed tussock moth -
Milkweed tussock moth munching on Poke Milkweed

Understanding Milkweed Plants

Milkweed a Conservation Practitioner Guide - Brianna Borders & Eric Lee-Mäder

A Guide to the Milkweeds of Ohio - Natural Treasures oh Ohio - Blog

Seed Provenance - Asclepias exaltata -

Everwild Farms- New Auburn WI - 2011 - Nodding Onion Gardens - 2012 - present

Asclepias exaltata flowering
Poke Milkweed - in Bloom

Wildlife Significance - Poke Milkweed

Deer - Not Fond of Milkweed plants

Nectar Sources - For long-tongued bees, skippers, butterflies:Spicebush Swallowtail, Eastern Black Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallow, Clouded Sulphur, Spring, Azure, Great Spangled Frittary, Eastern Tailed Blue, Silver Spotted Skipper and moths

Several Milkweed Species - By adding milkweed species to your garden that bloom at various times you provide a potential food source for butterflies June - September. In turn you are helping build butterfly populations including the Monarch.

Host Plant - Monarch butterflies, Milkweed tussock moth. Milkweed Tiger Moth, Queen Butterfly.

For more details on this plant visit the Illinois Wildflower website

Poke Milkweed flowers
Poke Milkweed