Asclepias variegata - Linnaeus
Apocynaceae (Dogbane) Family
Plant is an upright, hairy to smooth perennial. Preferred habitat is woods, woodland edges, swamps and stream banks. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite on the stem; consisting of one whole part; short stalked; oval to nearly lance-like; wavy leaf margins; no teeth and no lobes.
Flowers are in a terminal, compact umbel; corolla is white; hoods are white. Flowers occur in the spring and early summer. The flowers are produced in umbels of 15-35 flowers. The umbels are terminal and in the axils of the upper leaves. The individual flowers have a calyx with 5 lobes. There are 5 white lobes of the corolla that are reflexed. There is a purple-red ring between the corolla lobes and the corona (crown), thus the name "Red Ring." The corona is composed of 5 hoods and 5 horns. The horns are shorter than the hoods and point towards the center of the flower. The flowers are slightly fragrant.
Fruit is a pod containing more than one seed where pod splits along the seam.
The milkweed, A. humistrata, is similar.