Gomphocarpus physocarpus (Hairy Balls)


Goose plant, Giant swan milkweed, Hairy balls, Family jewels, Oscar, Cotton-bush, Balloon plant (different from swan milkweed)

A perennial that can reach up to six feet tall.  Purple flowers bloom in the summer.  This milkweed is food for monarch butterflies.  The seed pods resemble balloons that are about two inches.  This plant does well in containers.

- Full sun to part shade

- Well drained soil

- Attracts butterflies and bees

- Native to South Africa