$7.00 – $108.00
Common Name: Poke Milkweed
Habit: Perennial Herb
Light: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
Water Needs: Moist, Average
Height: 1-2′, 2-5′
Flower: Pink, White, Jun
Fruit: 4 or 5 inch long green seed pods that resemble okra. Pods turn brown and then split as they ripen.
Fall Color: No
Natural Habitat: Upland Deciduous Forest, Woodland Edge
Larval host for: Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus ), Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
Upright, often multiple, semi-woody stems sprout from a tuber-like root. The stems are lined with dark green, smooth, opposite, shield-shaped leaves and topped with multiple clusters of small flowers. The tiny flowers are whitish to light pink colored with a complex arrangement of five reflexed petals and are followed by a ribbed seed pod full of wispy cotton-like fibers attached to seeds that are wind-dispersed. Plant is toxic if ingested raw. This species does well in moist open woodlands. Milkweeds are essential larval host plants for Monarch and Queen butterflies. This family also provides bountiful nectar for multiple bee and butterfly species.