Sturdy, gracefully arched branches with neat, bamboo-like foliage. White flowers with lavender-colored centers develop into large papery seed pods. Plants are grown primarily for their 2-3" decorative seed pods, but the big, sturdy plants also make a vigorous and attractive addition to flower beds and borders. Excellent for large arrangements, dried arrangements, or alone as a centerpiece. Seed pods maintain lime-green color and balloon-like form when dried. Also known as hairy balls, swan plant, swan milkweed, and balloon plant. Ht. 32-72". Avg. 4,700 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 14-21 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C). Stratification for Pleurisy Root only: Moisten,cover with plastic, and refrigerate at 40-50°F (4-10°C) for 7-14 days. After stratification, seeds should be brought into warmer temperatures to germinate.
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow 10-12 weeks before last frost 1/4" deep into a seed starting mix. Begins taproot growth upon germination. Do not allow to become pot bound at any time as plants will deteriorate rapidly. Transplant into cell packs or 3-4" pots 3-5 weeks after sowing. Harden off and transplant outdoors after the last frost. Direct seed: Can be sown in the fall or spring.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL: Well-drained, sandy loam to poor soil.
PLANT SPACING: 12-24".
HARDINESS ZONES: Varies.
HARVEST: Fresh: Harvest when 1/2 to 2/3 of flowers are open on a stem. If stems wilt after harvest, rehydrate in water for 24 hours.
USES: Cut flower. Borders, containers, and butterfly gardens.
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
120 - 130 Days
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.<br>Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.