Asclepias physocarpa ‘Oscar’ – “Hairy Balls”

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

Bloom: Jun-Oct


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.”)