Asclepias exaltata L.
Family: Apocynaceae
poke milkweed, tall milkweed
Asclepias exaltata image
Derek Anderson  
Etymology: Asclepias: named for the Greek god of healing Asklepios
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-5' tall forb, single stem, milky juice
Leaves: opposite, stalked, thin, broadly elliptical, with pointed tips and bases
Flowers: white to purplish, 5-parted, 1/2" tall, awl-shaped horns coming out of and attached well below the hoods; inflorescence several drooping, loose, few-flowered umbels; blooms June-July
Fruits: erect pods from downwardly-pointing stalks; many seeds on silky hairs
Habitat: moist; woods
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native