Interesting Find for the Garden: Balloon Plant

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.IMG_1185 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:

http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantefg/gomphophysocarp.htm

http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org/weeds/data/03030800-0b07-490a-8d04-0605030c0f01/media/Html/Gomphocarpus_physocarpus.htm

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.

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