Jul 06 2011

Milkweed of the Woods

Published by at 7:00 am under Plants


We think of milkweeds as sun-loving plants so it was surprising to find this species deep in the woods in the Laurel Highlands.

Poke Milkweed (Asclepias exaltata) would not have caught my attention that day if it hadn’t been in bloom.  The flowers are a pale version of Common Milkweed with fewer flowers per cluster on long drooping stems.  In deep shade they look like lazy, ghostly starbursts. 

The species name exaltata means the plant is tall.  My specimen was over three feet high though they can grow as tall as six feet.

You’ll find this sweet-smelling flower in woods and at woodland edges from Ontario to Mississippi. 

(photo by Dianne Machesney)

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2 Responses to “Milkweed of the Woods”

  1. Grampyon 06 Jul 2011 at 7:31 am

    Great photo of a plant I so much enjoy watching in open woodland lots. I make a regular round on our place and watch the milkweed go through its phases. I find bees, hummingbird moths and caterpillars on them. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Pamon 17 Jul 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and love of nature!

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