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Origin: US Native Wildflower
Other Common Names: Tall Milkweed
Bloom Time: Summer
Height: 36 in to 72 in
Spacing: 24 in to 36 in
Light: Part Sun to Woodland
Soil Moisture: Medium
USDA Zone: 3a-7b
Germination: Fall plant or cold stratify at 40F for 1 month. Then sow seeds on soil surface at 70F and water.
Seeds Per Oz: 3600
The elegant, tall stalks and drooping flowers of poke milkweed can be found in woodland areas across the eastern portion of the United States and Canada. In 1753, eminent botanist Carl Linnaeus gave this native wildflower its Latin genus name, Asclepias. Asclepias, the name of the legendary Greek representation of medicine and healing, is especially appropriate since this plant formerly had numerous medicinal uses. At one time, the silk from the seed pods was spun for fabric or used for stuffing pillows; in World War II, school children gathered the silk to provide a cheap filling for soldiers’ life jackets. Commercial attempts to make use of this abundant plant included the manufacture of paper, fabric, lubricant, fuel, and rubber; eventually these became impractical and were abandoned. In the wild, the flowers attract flocks of butterflies and their larvae; butterflies are immune to the plant’s poison, and actually become rather poisonous themselves as protection from predators.
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