I had no idea there was a native white milkweed (Asclepias variegata) until my friend, Patty Hornback, invited me to see the one blooming in her yard. She first saw these plants while camping at Land Between the Lakes in western Kentucky.
According to Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky by Thomas G. Barnes and S. Wilson Francis, this plant is uncommon but grows throughout the state with the exception of the Bluegrass region. The Monarch Watch website indicates it can be propagated by seeds.
Has anyone else seen white milkweed, and if so, in what areas of the state? Is anyone else growing it? I’m glad to know such a beautiful milkweed is growing wild in Kentucky.