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Unusual Plants: Hairy Balls Milkweed

I leave it to you to guess where the names come from.

I leave it to you to guess where the name comes from.

The wonderfully named Hairy Balls Milkweed puzzled me for quite a while. I’ve seen it growing in a few front gardens in Sydney, but it was a few years before I found out what the plant is. About six feet tall, its gangly stalks festooned with curious prickly growths, it is certainly an attention-getter! It’s also known as Balloon plant, Goose plant, Giant swan milkweed, Family jewels, Oscar and Cotton-bush — but whatever the name, butterflies love it.

The plant has unexpectedly delicate flowers.

The plant has unexpectedly delicate flowers.

When the balls burst, the fluffy white seeds are revealed.

When the balls burst, the fluffy white seeds are revealed.

For September, Jude is looking for Unusual Plants.


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