Botanical Name: Asclepias exaltata
Plant Family: Milkweed family (Asclepiadaceae)
Description: A. exaltata is a tall milkweed grows 2 - 6 ft. Frequently found on the edges of forests, it resembles the common milkweed, A. syriaca, and has been known to hybridize with this species in areas where both occur in close proximity. The leaves can be quite large on plants growing in moist shaded conditions. Umbels are pendulous with relatively few flowers. Strikingly aromatic when in bloom.
Growing Conditions: Undemanding, grows in rocky, sandy, and dry soil. Prefers full sun.
Bloom Time: Late, July-Sep
Bloom Color: White
Benefit to pollinators/wildlife: Special value to native bees as well as butterflies.
Native Status: US native, PA native
Location in habitat: Pennsylvania Native Plant Society Demonstration Garden, Monarch Waystation