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Redring Milkweed (Asclepias variegata L.)

Also known as white milkweed.

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A milkweed, mostly of the southeastern U.S.

Range - Expand

Native or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.


Prefers well-drained soils and part shade, but can tolerate full sun with sufficient moisture.

Found in dry, open woods, savannahs, and shaded roadsides, often in natural areas subject to some fire. Also found on somewhat moister sites in the southern parts of its range.


Rarely planted in gardens, where it is valued for its showy flowers.

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Asclepias variegata (Redring Milkweed) | USDA PLANTS Database (About This Site)

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Redring Milkweed | iNaturalist (About This Site)

Asclepias variegata | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)

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Redring Milkweed | Maryland Biodiversity Project (About This Site)

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