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Asclepias variegata (Redring milkweed)
Baugh, James C.

Asclepias variegata

Asclepias variegata L.

Redring Milkweed, White-flowered Milkweed

Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)

Synonym(s): Biventraria variegata


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Small white flowers with purplish centers crowded into round, terminal clusters. The umbels have 30+/- white flowers that create a spherical white ball, a snowball-effect, which contrasts with its green foliage. It thrives in open woodland and woodland edge habitats and requires some shade.

The stem of this plant has the milky sap typical of most milkweeds. The species name describes the bicolored flowers, which are quite showy in masses. Endangered in CT, NY, PA.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Shape: Oval
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: 1-4 ft (30-121 cm).
Leaf: Leaf arrangement is opposite and attachment is petiolate. Leaves oval, 2-6 in (5-15 cm) long and 1/2-3 in (1-7 cm) wide, generally thick with the upper side hairless and dark and the underside a lighter color with hair.
Flower: Color is white with purple tinge at the base of the corolla and hoods. Horns protrude out of the hoods. Corolla flexes backward. Flowers buds at first are green, but turn white before blossoming. Umbels erect and spherical with 30 +/- flowers.
Fruit: Fruit stands erect and are a brown to reddish color.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Native Distribution: New York and Connecticut south to Florida, west to Texas and Oklahoma, and northeast to Illinois and Ohio.
Native Habitat: Dry or rocky woods, sandy open ground, ravine bottoms, low woods, slopes, ridges, roadsides.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy to rocky.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Propagation Material: Seeds

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Web Reference

Webref 20 - Milkweed Profiles (0) Monarch Watch

Additional resources

USDA: Find Asclepias variegata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asclepias variegata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asclepias variegata


Record Modified: 2014-11-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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