Asclepias exaltata - Poke Milkweed
Asclepias exaltata is a tall, elegant milkweed that actually blooms in the shade. It loves cold climates and is often found on the edges of forests. This is the butterfly weed for moist, shady conditions. Hardy in Zones 4 to 7.
Clusters of white-pinkish flowers droop elegantly on slender stalks. They're amazingly fragrant. Plant in fall for spring blooms.
******** 30 DAYS COLD STRATIFICATION REQUIRED ********
Soak seeds for 24 hours in warm water.
Surface sow seeds in a pot or a plastic baggie that will fit in the refrigerator.
Mist the soil and sprinkle a small amount of starting soil over seeds.
Cover with plastic wrap or place in baggie in the refrigerator for 30 days.
During this cold stratification process keep soil moist, but not soaking wet.
At the end of the 30 Days, place pot in a warm, sunny location. When soil is warm enough seeds will germinate.
Remove plastic wrap or baggie when you have seedlings.