PlantFiles: White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed Asclepias variegata
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Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm) 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Purple White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Propagation Methods: From herbaceous stem cuttings From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On Oct 12, 2009, katiepga from Marietta, GA wrote:
This Milkweed volunteered in my landscape five years ago. It has flourished in Marietta, Georgia in zone 7a. I have not attempted to propagate by seed, nor have I attempted to transplant it. It is happy in high shade all day.
On Jun 4, 2008, bigred from Ashdown, AR (Zone 8a) wrote:
Found this plant years ago blooming in a very shady area under oaks and pines while doing some volunteer gardening for local Sr.Citzen Center. Asked permisson to collect some seeds and have been growing it ever since. Beautiful plant.
On May 19, 2007, podster from Deep East Texas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
No full sun for these plants. I found them growing deep in the woods in high timber this spring. The plants are growing in full shade deep in the woods. They only have one stalk which is woody like a small tree and only a single or double bloom at the top. They are definitely a bright spot to come across in the deep woods.
On Sep 28, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:
Habit: Erect herbaceous perennial with milky sap, 3-9 dm.; flowering late May-July; fruiting August, September.
Similar Species: A. variegata, with its compact, waxy, pure white flowers with purple centers, is a distinctive species. In fruit, A. variegata is often confused with both A. purpurascens and A. exaltata, the habitats and ranges of which are similar.
Total Range: CT to n. FL, nw. to OH, w. and s. to MO and e. TX.
(Various) State Status:
* OHIO * 1980-1983: Threatened, 1984-1985: Endangered, 1986-1987: Threatened, 1988 to present: Potentially Threatened.
* OHIO * This is an Appalachian species that should be sought in suitable habitats throughout unglaciated southeastern Ohio.
Habitat: Sandy or rocky soil in moist or dry upland woods, thickets and wooded roadsides.
Hazards: Possibly lumbering of woodlands and over-collecting by plant collectors. This is one of Ohio’s most attractive milkweeds and is sometimes dug by wildflower enthusiasts.
Recovery Potential: Probably good due to its tolerance of disturbance and its stout perennial caudex which annually produces herbaceous shoots.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Ashdown, Arkansas Morrilton, Arkansas North Little Rock, Arkansas Crawfordville, Florida Conyers, Georgia Cornelia, Georgia Dacula, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Collins, Mississippi Kosciusko, Mississippi Huntington, Texas Lufkin, Texas San Augustine, Texas