Discoveries Out & About: Poke Milkweed ~ Asclepias exaltata

Poke (Tall) Milkweed ~ Asclepias exaltata

It's always nice to see a different type of milkweed, another plant for the Monarchs and the Monarch Mimicry Complex insects. I spotted this milkweed at a local park recently before it started to flower. It was growing in partial shade at the edge of an oak woodland. I also saw some plants in deeper shade too.

The Large Milkweed Bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) was the giveaway. Patiently waiting for the milkweed to flower and set seed where it will lay its eggs.

I later saw the Milkweed Leaf Beetle (Labidomera clivicollis) too, feeding on the leaves.

The flowers clusters are erect before opening, then droop downwards as they open. A very attractive and tall milkweed (reaching heights up to 5 feet), with large opposite leaves.

If you have a partially shaded spot with good moisture this is a great milkweed to add to your landscape.

Prairie Moon Nursery has seeds for sale.