Monday, October 22, 2007

Hairy balls at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Really, that's what this plant is called.

Hairy Balls at Olbrich Gardens. Really, That's What They're Called.
Hairy Balls photographed at dusk in Olbrich Gardens. Really. That's what this plant is called -- unless you want to go the Latin route, and then its name is Gomphocarpus physocarpus. The faint of heart may choose to call it the Swan Plant, Balloon Plant, or Giant Swan Milkweed instead.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I too found this seed pod at Olbrich last fall. Where can I buy a starter plant?

Madison Guy said...

I don't know, but I'll bet the gardeners at Olbrich would be happy to tell you.

bogan said...

we have this plant (northern Phillipines) and grows anywhere in our place. it has cotton and seeds inside. just buy the seeds. i think it grows well in cold areas.