Asclepias variegata

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Asclepias variegata
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Asclepias
A. variegata
Binomial name
Asclepias variegata

Biventraria variegata (L.) Small

Asclepias variegata, commonly called the redring milkweed[1] or white milkweed,[2] is a plant in the dogbane family. It is native to eastern North America, where it is found in Canada and the United States.[3] It is most common in the Southeastern United States, and becomes rare in the northern edge of its range.

Its natural habitat is forest openings and savannas, often in sandy soils.[4]

It produces small white flowers with purplish centers that area crowded into round, terminal clusters.[5] It flowers in early summer.[2]

Conservation status in the United States[edit]

It is endangered in the states of New York, and Pennsylvania.[6] It is listed as a special concern species and believed extirpated in Connecticut.[7]


  1. ^ "Asclepias variegata". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b Alan Weakley. "Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States".
  3. ^ "Asclepias variegata". County-level distribution map from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  4. ^ Yatskievych, George (2006). Flora of Missouri, Volume 2. Missouri Botanical Garden Press. pp. 156–157.
  5. ^ "Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - The University of Texas at Austin". Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Plants Profile for Asclepias variegata (Redring milkweed)". Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Connecticut's Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Species 2015". State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Bureau of Natural Resources. Retrieved 31 December 2017.(Note: This list is newer than the one used by and is more up-to-date.)