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Gomphocarpus physocarpus, Asclepias physocarpa, Baloonplant, Cotton Bush, Swan Plant, Balloon Plant, Family Jewels Milkweed Tree

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Gomphocarpus physocarpus, Asclepias physocarpa

Baloonplant, Cotton Bush, Swan Plant, Balloon Plant, Family Jewels Milkweed Tree
Family: Apocynaceae   (Formerly:Asclepiadaceae)
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Origin: Jamaica and South America
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersIrritatingAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The name Balloonplant is an allusion to the swelling bladder-like pods which are full of seeds. During the summer, umbels of creamy or greenish-white flowers are produced; these are followed by interesting globular seed pods which are inflated and covered with soft bristles. The flowers are small, with white hoods and about 1/2 inch across. The capsule is a pale green, and in shape an inflated sphere. It is covered with rough hairs. It reaches three inches in diameter. This plant grows to 6 feet tall with a spread of about 2 feet. It has lance-shaped, medium green, hairy leaves. Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars). It is also popular in traditional medicine to cure various ailments.


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Asclepias (Gomphocarpus) physocarpus - seeds

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Balloon Plant, Baloonplant, Cotton Bush, Swan Plant....  more
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Gomphocarpus cancellatus, Wild Cotton - seeds

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Gomphocarpus fruticosus, Balloon plant - seeds

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