Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Asclepias exaltata - Poke Milkweed (Tall Milkweed) 

Ohio Native Plant -Natural Range
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
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 -
By - Brianna Borders & Eric Lee-Mäder

A Guide to the Milkweeds of Ohio - Natural Treasures oh Ohio - Blog
Seed Provenance -  Everwild Farms- New Auburn WI - 2011 - NOG - 2012 - present
Asclepias exaltata flowering
Poke Milkweed - in Bloom
Wildlife Significance
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 site

Poke Milkweed flowers
Poke Milkweed