Family Jewels Milkweed Tree (Asclepias physocarpa)

1 11 2010

This species of milkweed is also known as White Butterfly Weed and Swan Plant. Native to Jamaica and South America, this perennial herb can grow to over six feet and prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is a food source for caterpillars and is a food and habitat plant for the Monarch Butterfly. The small flowers are creamy white and orchid-like, followed by translucent, inflated 2″ green balls covered with soft bristles that are the resulting seedpods. It is a fast-growing tender perennial and grows best in Zones 7-10. Photographed at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia

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5 responses

8 11 2010
insectamonarca

Just to let you know that I am getting better at social networking. I had this posted on Stumble with photo and it looks great. Here we go a wondering!

3 10 2011
Clint Rowley

Gorgeous landscaping!

6 10 2012
VAB

I bought a few branches of these ‘milkweed puffs’ at a corner deli on 7th Av in NYC because they were so unusual. So glad that I could find info on it—the people in the store did not know. Your photo is wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

6 10 2012
cindydyer

Thank you for the visit and the comment, VAB! I wouldn’t have thought of using them in a flower arrangement, but that would look pretty neat!

3 11 2012
Lesli

They sells these in floral arrangements at our local farmer’s market. They are so bold and different, it looks fantatsic!

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