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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Asclepias variegata   FAMILY Apocynaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asclepias variegata   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 157-01-012:
Asclepias variegata   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Biventraria variegata

 

COMMON NAME:
White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed


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image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asva_001_lvd

        

image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

JK Marlow    jkm0405zb_32

May    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

JK Marlow    jkm070528_137

May    Laurens County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

The petals are flaring, the hoods sac-like, and the horns very short, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

JK Marlow    jkm070528_137b

May    Laurens County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Pollinator at work

image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

JK Marlow    jkm100501_004

May    Anderson County    SC

Clemson Forest

4-6 pr of broad, ovate-oblong leaves, dark green above, pale & hairy below, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

JK Marlow    jkm100501_006

May    Anderson County    SC

Clemson Forest

image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

JK Marlow    jkm100514_056

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

In an umbel, the flower stalks arise from a common point, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

JK Marlow    jkm110522_599

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

JK Marlow    jkm110522_606

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

JK Marlow    jkm160531_027

May    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

JK Marlow    jkm210523_0677

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Each flower white, a purple ring surrounding the fused anthers and style, per Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast.

image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

JK Marlow    jkm210523_0679

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Leaves petiolate, oval to widely elliptical, to 5.5" long, per Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast.

image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_asclepias_variegata

May        

image of Asclepias variegata, White Milkweed, Redring Milkweed, Variegated Milkweed

JK Marlow    jkm0406d_17

June    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Asclepias variegata   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asclepias variegata   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 157-01-012:
Asclepias variegata   FAMILY Asclepiadaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Biventraria variegata

 

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140

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common

Habitat: Upland forests and woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Bright white
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed corolla, lobes reflexed
Superior ovary

Flowers in 1-4 umbels, terminal & from upper leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Follicle

 

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