Balloon Plant AKA Hairy Balls Milkweed Seeds

Extremely popular in the cut flower industry for its unusual ball shaped seed pods, and the flowers, though less showy than other milkweeds, are loved by pollinators.

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$2.95
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AKA Giant Swan Milkweed, Cotton-bush, Goose Plant, Family Jewels, and Oscar. Extremely popular in the cut flower industry for its unusual ball shaped seed pods, and the flowers, though less showy than other milkweeds, are loved by pollinators. Summer blooming.

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 7 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 30 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds Just Cover; barely cover with soil
When to Sow Indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost
Growing Height 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Plant Spacing 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Hardiness USDA Zone 8a: to 15F, USDA Zone 8b: to 20F, USDA Zone 9a: to 25F, USDA Zone 9b: to 30F, USDA Zone 10a: to 35F, USDA Zone 10b: to 40F
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade
Danger All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color Chartreuse (Yellow-Green), Green, White/Near White
Bloom Time Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid-Summer
Foliage Smooth-Textured
Other Details Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping, Flowers are good for cutting
Soil pH Requirements 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds, Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds, Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed, Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
Seeds Per Pack 25