Unique milkweed and is one of the more favored host plants of the Monarch butterflies.Family Jewels Milkweed, Hairy Balls, Swan Plant butterfly weed. This lovely white milkweed grows 6' tall. Clusters of fragrant blooms grow on long stems (they make great cut flowers), drawing butterflies to the plant, and they turn into some of the weirdest seedpods in creation. It's perennial in zones 9-11, a fine annual anywhere as it blooms in only 7 weeks from seed, and it reseeds enthusiastically. Leave it alone and you'll soon have a chorus line of graceful blooms. Remove the pods if you don't want a spread. Translucent lime green, hairy balloons grow in clusters on long stems. Even cooler than the flowers for arrangements, they inspire giggles and adolescent humor. "Hairy Balls" , "Family Jewels", whatever. Milkweeds are poisonous. Always use caution when planting near pets and children. Some people find the milky sap to be a skin irritant.Grow it for flowers, grow it for giggles, most certainly grow it for the butterflies. It gets its name of ‘Butterfly Weed’ because the flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and the leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars). Don’t worry if the caterpillars eat the leaves – that is a milkweed plant's purpose in your garden, to help propagate more butterflies! To make sure you have plants for yourself to enjoy, be sure to plant enough for you AND the butterflies!
USDA Zone 3-9.
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