Asclepias exaltata / Tall Milkweed


A forest-growing milkweed, tall and husky with a starburst of blooms. Primarily found in northern hills, in rich, well-drained soils with a bit of extra light. Looks phenomenal in a boulder-strewn woodland garden or along a shaded edge. A slow grower and can be picky about siting and transplanting. Deer resistant.

Also called Poke Milkweed.

Host for Monarch caterpillars, nectar source for many butterflies. This is a specialized, niche-adapted milkweed species. If you are looking to feed Monarchs in a garden, consider one of the common, easy-to-grow species such as swamp milkweed or common milkweed.

Height: 3′ – 5′        Blooms: June

Habitat: Well-drained, sun to part shade

Deer Resistance: High

Provenance: NJ

Seasonally Available: This species will be available for purchase after emergence. This is typically in late spring/early summer/autumn. No holds or advance orders.



BONAP 2022 Asclepias exaltata Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (butterflies):

Larval Host Plant (moths):
Milkweed Tussock
Striped Garden Caterpillar
Unexpected Cycnia

Additional information


Three inch pot, Quart