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Asclepias Species, Redring Milkweed, White Milkweed

Asclepias variegata

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Asclepias (ass-KLE-pee-us) (Info)
Species: variegata (var-ee-GAY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Asclepias citrifolia
Synonym:Asclepias hybrida
Synonym:Asclepias lindleyi
Synonym:Biventraria variegata



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


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


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pelham, Alabama

Ashdown, Arkansas

Morrilton, Arkansas

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Crawfordville, Florida

Cleveland, Georgia

Conyers, Georgia

Cornelia, Georgia

Dacula, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Collins, Mississippi

Kosciusko, Mississippi

Franklin, North Carolina

Fuquay Varina, North Carolina

Germanton, North Carolina

Franklin, Tennessee

Indian Mound, Tennessee

Huntington, Texas

Lufkin, Texas

Nacogdoches, Texas

San Augustine, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 28, 2017, VooDooU from Yankton, SD wrote:

This plant is on my MAJOR want list but it seems to be becoming increasingly rare. If anyone has these and are will to sell seeds or trade or even finds some for sale please let me know. To answer the previous persons question even though its from 3 years ago, yes they have male and female parts but its VERY difficult to hand pollinate milkweeds.


On May 31, 2014, Doofcat from GERMANTON, NC wrote:

Found 4 plants growing naturally in light shaded mesic hardwood forest in northern piedmont of NC. Three of the plants produced only tiny!!! yellowish buds that never matured to bloom. The other plant is at least 6 inches taller and produced a beautiful bloom head. Does anyone know if this plant has male/female plants?


On May 24, 2014, atcps from WOODLAWN, TN wrote:

A beautiful milkweed that is quite distinctive. Mine grows on a large hill under a dogwood and oak tree. It grows in acid, dry, somewhat rocky soil with no help from me. I hope it spreads more than the few plants that are blooming now in Tennessee.


On Jun 24, 2013, lynndianne from Franklin, NC wrote:

I found this lone milkweed growing in our "woods". It took me awhile to find out what it was. I'm hoping to gather some seeds to get more going. Beautiful plant. I hope it comes back.



On May 3, 2012, luckylady3 from Kosciusko, MS wrote:

Was pleasantly surprised to find a lone specimen of this lovely plant growing in the woods behind my house in Attala County, Mississippi.


On Apr 29, 2012, forgottenfl from Crawfordville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

As the other reports say growing in shade naturally on my property in the N. FL Panhandle. Also, at my neighbors home as well. Lovely addition to the shade garden.


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 Nov 30, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed Asclepias variegata is native to Texas and other States.


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.

Additional Comments:
* OHIO * This is an Appalachian species that should be sought in suitable habitats throughout unglaciated southeastern Ohio.<... read more