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Balloon plant

Magic carpet balloon flower
Plant Botanical Name: 
Gomphocarpus physiocarpus
Plant Sub Species or Variety: 
'Magic Carpet Yellow'
USBG Plant Location: 
National Garden
Full sun
Plant Soil Type: 
Most garden soils
Plant Moisture Requirements: 
Low to dry conditions

This native southeast African plant is a wonderful butterfly plant. Its clusters of white flowers are insigificant but the light green balloon-like seed pods make it a great plant for a border and as a cut flower. It can be an agressive self seeder so care should be taken. It is most commonly sold as Asclepias physocarpus.

National Garden Room Location: