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Perennials

#645 - Gomphocarpus physocarpus (Hairy Balls)

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PLANT INFORMATION:

  • Botanical Name:
    Gomphocarpus physocarpus
  • Common Name:
    Hairy Balls
  • Type:
    No
  • Family:
    Apocynaceae
  • Exposure:
    Sun
  • Size:
    No
  • Zones:
    No
  • Water:
    Moderate moisture
  • Origin:
    Africa
  • Butterflies:
    No
  • Hummingbirds:
    No
  • Container Size:
    Large Pot Band

Plant Description

Like a butterfly weed on steroids, Hairy Balls is a real stand out in the garden. It provides attractive white flowers tipped with lavender and has leaves that help feed the population of Monarch butterfly larvae. The plant gets its name however due to its large balloon-like, soft spiny lime-green testiculate seed pods. These are sometimes used in dried arrangements. Tolerant of heat and a bit of drought, Hairy Balls is definitely something different for the adventurous gardener.