Flower NameAsclepias physocarpa
Formal NameGomphocarpus physocarpus
Alias風船唐綿, 風船玉の木, hairy balls, balloonplant, balloon cotton-bush
Gomphocarpus physocarpus, commonly called balloonplant, balloon cotton-bush, (scientific name: Gomphocarpus physocarpus) is native to South Africa and is a perennial of the family Apocynaceae. The green leaves are elongated and stick against the stem. Similar to Fuchsia in summer A white star-shaped floret blooms downward. In the fall, the fruit bulges like a balloon with bristles on the surface. When the fruit pops, a seed with white fluff comes out. The shape of the fruit is interesting, so it is used for cut flowers and ikebana(flower arrangement). In addition, for plants that swell like balloons, there are Candiospermum halicacabum or Balloon vine (scientific name: Candiospermum halicacabum) .
Generic name: Aclepias physocarpa , Scientific name:Gomphocarpus physocarpus, Another name: hairy balls, balloonplant, balloon cotton-bush, ,Origin: South Africa, Living type: perennial (year grass) , Tree height: 1-2 m, Leaf length: 10 cm, Flower color: white, Flowering: Aug to Sept., Flower diameter: cm, Fruiting period: Sept. to Oct, Fruit color: green, Features: balloon shaped fruit and flower arrangement used in popularity.
Flower typeActinomorphic Flower
Petal shapeHigh cup
Leaf edgeEntire Fringe
Height100 ~ 200 [cm]
Diameter1.5 ~ 1.5