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White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed - Asclepias variegata


Family: Apocynaceae - Dogbane family Genus Common Name: Milkweed Native Status: Native
Asclepias variegata - White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed. White Milkweed is a native plant found in much of the eastern half of the United States outside of New England. It is listed as endangered in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania

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Asclepias variegata

Distribution of Asclepias variegata in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 26 Apr 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Lula Lake, Walker County, GA Date: 2010-May-29Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Asclepias variegata is readily recognized as a milkweed by the typical horns and hoods flower features. In the case of White Milkweed, the horns are turned inwards . The blossom is a tight umbel of flowers that appear snowball-like.

White Milkweed is the more commonly used name, but the USDA national common name for Asclepias variegata is Redring Milkweed, so called due to the reddish ring around the base of each flower.
Asclepias variegata

Site: Lula Lake, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-May-29Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Asclepias variegata is grows to about 3 feet tall usually in margins of wooded areas. The large leaves are opposite, with several petioled pairs growing along the stem below the terminal clusters of blossoms.
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Asclepias variegata

Site: Cloudland Canyon State Park, Dade County, GA Date: 2010-July-10Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The seedpod of Asclepias variegata, as with most milkweeds, is upright, usually several on a plant. They make for a nice resting spot for the traveling dragonfly.
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Asclepias variegata

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