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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 (Smith, 1998).

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 (Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, & Duhl, 2005).

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 (Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, & Duhl, 2005).

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 (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019).

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 (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019).

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

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

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common

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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
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed corolla, lobes reflexed
Superior ovary
Bisexual

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Follicle

 

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