Asclepias exaltata poke milkweed Asclepiadaceae ASEX; Bx, vc; Q; R (DeCandido 2001);

   

Asclepias exaltata (poke mulkweed).MBGargiullo.Shenendoah Nat. Pk. Big Meadow.8/9/92

Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed) flowers. MBGargiullo.Shenendoah Nat. Pk. Big Meadow.8/9/92

Asclepias exaltata perennial herb from a rhizome, stem 50-150 cm tall, sap milky. 

Leaves opposite, 7-11 pairs, stalk 1-2 cm long, blade 10-30 cm long, 10 cm wide, broadly elliptic, thin, elongate-pointed at both ends, usually hairless. 

Flowers white to dull purple, radially symmetrical (regular), petal lobes to 1 cm long, hoods 0.4 cm (see A. syriaca); inflorescence of loose, few-flowered umbels in upper axils and end of stem, flowers often drooping on stalks to 5 cm long; June-July. 

Asclepias exaltata (poke-milkweed) fruit. © K. Chayka. Minnesota Wildflowers. minnesotawildflowers.info

Asclepias exaltata (poke-milkweed) fruit. © K. Chayka. Minnesota Wildflowers. minnesotawildflowers.info (Accessed 10/2017).

Fruit dry pods, narrow, to 15 cm long, erect, stalks bent, splitting open lenghtwise to release plumed seeds, wind dispersed. 

Wetland status: FACU. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Rich, moist woods.