SWAN PLANT MILKWEED Asclepias fruticosa

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Gomphocarpus fruticosus, previously known as Asclepias fruticosa, is a lesser known Milkweed perennial. The plant blooms in warm months (May-July).   Native to South Africa, it is also commonly found in New Zealand and is a great plant for Monarch Butterflies.

Seeds are rare and difficult to find.

Type: Perennial

Height: 90 cm or 3'

Location: Sun or part sun

Hardiness zones: 7-11

Note: This plant species is known to have toxicity. Ingestion of these seeds or this plant can cause illness such as vomiting or diarrhea. This plant family is known to cause dermatitis in some individuals. The juice or sap of these seeds or this plant may cause a skin rash or irritation. The use of gloves when handling may be beneficial.

Seeds per pack: 3

Germination: For this type of milkweed, you can try to sow the seeds in a warm area. If germination does not occur within 3-4 weeks, the seeds may require a cooling period of 2-4 weeks to break dormancy.

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