Asclepias physocarpa ‘Oscar’ – “Hairy Balls”

Botanical Name: Asclepias physocarpa ‘Oscar’

Common Name: “Hairy Balls”

Characteristics:

Height: 3 to 6 Feet

Spread: 3 to 4 Feet

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Bloom: Jun-Oct

Description:

The most striking ornamental feature of this tall, fast-growing annual Milkweed is its papery, globular, lime-green seed pods which are covered with soft bristles. They follow rather inconspicuous, small, dangling white flowers with lavender centers. The nectar-rich blooms attract swarms of butterflies.

But, most significantly, this plant is a favored host for Monarch Butterflies and is best grown in sunny locations with medium-moist but well-draining soil.

(Sometimes also commonly called “Family Jewels,” but “nice” people may much prefer to use the name “Balloon Plant.”)

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