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Asclepias variegata

Redring Milkweed, White Milkweed

Scientific Name:

Asclepias variegata

Genus:

Asclepias

Species Epithet:

variegata

Common Name:

Redring Milkweed, White Milkweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

“Upland forests and woodland.” Weakley 2015

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

The flowers bright white but with a purple band around the center of each flower. This species has a taproot.

Bloom

image

Camille Collins

Flower buds ready to burst open

Garden in Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Densely flowered umbels

Garden in Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Garden in Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of inflorescence

Garden in Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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