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Gomphocarpus physocarpus

Family: Apocynaceae (Asclepiadoideae) (Num-num (Milkweed subfamily) family)

Common names: Balloon Milkweed, Balloon Wild Cotton, Bishop’s Balls, Hairy Balls, Bindweed (E); umbababa (Z); Balmelkbossie, Balbossie (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Perennial, Shrub

Gomphocarpus physocarpus

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

Gomphocarpus physocarpus

DESCRIPTION

A spindly shrub to 2m with rounded pale green, slightly prickly pods which burst open to reveal a mass of white silky threads.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Grassland
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
This shrub attracts a host of insects.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
LANDSCAPING USES
GARDEN THEMES
Grassland
FOLIAGE
BARK
SEED
BUTTERFLY/MOTH HOST PLANT
Danaus chrysippus (African Monarch)
CAUTION
As a member of the milkweed family, it produces a milky latex which is poisonous.

2 Responses

  1. Hi there

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    The flower doesn’t have a strong scent for the average human nose.

    Flouirish!
    Glenice

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