I was away for the weekend with my best friend and found this lovely plant, and remarked on how it looked like green balloons. I was struck by how unusual this plant looked, amidst a garden of roses. And it looked perfectly comfortable in that garden! Later that day, I just went on my smart phone and typed in green balloon plant. Lo and behold, I found out it was the aptly named “balloon plant,” native to southeast Africa (Gomphocarpus physocarpus).
More information on this plant can be found here:
This self-seeding plant can become a weed if not kept in check. I am always eager to “discover” new plant possibilities wherever I may be!
CONSUMER ALERT: This plant produces a highly toxic milky latex that is poisonous – do not ingest.