Poke Milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)
Description of Poke Milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)
Poke Milkweed (Asclepias exaltata), a member of the Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family), is a herbaceous perennial that has green and white flowers that bloom in the late spring and summer. These plants are known to be deer resistant, but are not rabbit resistant. This plant, like a lot of milkweeds, is aromatic when in bloom. More information about this species can be found on this blog post.
No other common names known.
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Poke Milkweed is a nectar plant to many other insects.
Range of Poke Milkweed (Asclepias exaltata) in the United States and Canada
Poke Milkweed is often found in woodlands and woodland edges on moist well-drained soil. It is native to eastern North America except Florida.
Interesting Facts about this Plant
The sap of this plant, as well as other milkweeds make Monarch butterflies unpalatable to predators. This same sap is toxic to humans.