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Giant Milkweed Tree or Calotripis gigantea

seeds of this beautiful Giant Milkweed Tree or Calotripis gigantea. Medium sized to large shrub with light lavender flowers and seeds with a parachute of hairs that grows 8 feet tall and is hardy in zone 10-11. This plant is host to a variety of insects. The butterfly Plain Tigerand Common Crow breeds here; their caterpillars feed on the leaves. The shiny blue bee Xylocopa also visits. Although its blooms can be seen all through the year, its flowers mostly during summer season. Visit my flower garden gallery for more pictures.
Giant Milkweed Tree or Calotripis gigantea

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Seeds from this Giant Milkweed Tree or Calotropis gigantea. Medium sized to large shrub with light lavender flowers and seeds with a parachute of hairs. The plant grows 8 feet tall and is hardy in zone 10-11. This plant is host to a variety of insects. The butterfly Plain Tigerand Common Crow breeds here; their caterpillars feed on the leaves. The shiny blue bee Xylocopa also visits. Although its blooms can be seen all through the year, its flowers mostly during summer season.



Gomphocarpus cancellatus Wild Cotton

seeds of Gomphocarpus cancellatus, wild cotton, is  a species endemic to southern Africa an elegant bush, which in the sterile state resembles a protea bush. The flowers are accumulated in dense spherical balls making it an attractive accent plant for any garden. A perrenial herb or shrublet 0.5-1.5 m tall. It produces a few branches at the base from an underground fibrous rootstock. The leaves are broadly egg-shaped, rounded at the base with a sharp point, arranged opposite, slightly fleshy or leathery and with a shiny surface. The branches, stems and leaves vary from glabrous to velvety-hairy. Up to 30 flowers are carried in dense, ball-shaped inflorescences. The flower petals are pale mauve, green or greyish on the outside and cream to white on the inside. The centre of the flower carries the five ivory-coloured, boat-shaped coronal lobes. Zones 8-11. seeds of Gomphocarpus cancellatus, wild cotton, is  a species endemic to southern Africa an elegant bush, which in the sterile state resembles a protea bush. The flowers are accumulated in dense spherical balls making it an attractive accent plant for any garden. A perrenial herb or shrublet 0.5-1.5 m tall. It produces a few branches at the base from an underground fibrous rootstock. The leaves are broadly egg-shaped, rounded at the base with a sharp point, arranged opposite, slightly fleshy or leathery and with a shiny surface. The branches, stems and leaves vary from glabrous to velvety-hairy. Up to 30 flowers are carried in dense, ball-shaped inflorescences. The flower petals are pale mauve, green or greyish on the outside and cream to white on the inside. The centre of the flower carries the five ivory-coloured, boat-shaped coronal lobes. Zones 8-11.
Gomphocarpus cancellatus Wild Cotton

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Seeds from Gomphocarpus cancellatus, wild cotton, is a species endemic to southern Africa an elegant bush, which in the sterile state resembles a protea bush. The flowers are accumulated in dense spherical balls making it an attractive accent plant for any garden. A perrenial herb or shrublet 0. 5-1. 5 m tall. It produces a few branches at the base from an underground fibrous rootstock. The leaves are broadly egg-shaped, rounded at the base with a sharp point, arranged opposite, slightly fleshy or leathery and with a shiny surface. The branches, stems and leaves vary from glabrous to velvety-hairy. Up to 30 flowers are carried in dense, ball-shaped inflorescences. The flower petals are pale mauve, green or greyish on the outside and cream to white on the inside. The centre of the flower carries the five ivory-coloured, boat-shaped coronal lobes. Zones 8-11.



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