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Milkweed

Gomphocarpus fruticosus

Also known as

Wild Cotton

Full Sun
Moderate care
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Milkweed Overview

Gomphocarpus fruticosus is a herbaceous, perennial, spindly shrub, often with watery or milky sap. It has ovoid fruits (follicles) of a clear, pale green colour, covered with prickles and narrowing into a curved tip, and almost looks like a tiny swan!

Special features of Milkweed

Attracts butterflies

Pioneer

Other uses of Milkweed

Other uses

Medicinal