Asclepias physocarpa
“Family Jewels Tree”

Garden hilarity abounds when you plant this living naughty joke! A SUPER EASY tree-like milkweed from South Africa that grows fast enough to host Monarch caterpillars its first year. In early Summer it forms small mauve and white star-shaped flowers in pendulous clusters that make way for an abundance of 2.5-3” hairy green “family jewels” shaped seed pods with a reddish blush. Gorgeous in bouquets ($30 a stem at high-end florists) or made into the world’s raciest “fruit bowl”. To 6’ high and wide. Provide good drainage for fastest growth. Cut back in Fall to encourage bushiness. Nutrient poor soil is A-ok. Self-sows.


PLEASE BE ADVISED -  Due to CA agricultural regulations, we’re required to treat Asclepias plants with BT (a non-toxic, naturally occurring biological larvicide) to help combat the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). BT is toxic to Monarch caterpillars. If you plan to introduce Monarch caterpillars to this plant, we recommend letting it establish for one season (3 mo.) before doing so to ensure it is large enough to provide sufficient food and the BT has had time to wear off. 

Full Sun
Low/Avg. Water
Tender Perennial
USDA Zones 7-10