Botanical Name: Asclepias physocarpa ‘Oscar’
Common Name: “Hairy Balls”
Height: 3 to 6 Feet
Spread: 3 to 4 Feet
Light: Full sun to partial shade
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.”)