Swan Plant

Swan Plant

Swan plants (Gomphocarpus physocarpus, milkweed) are the host plant of monarch butterflies. The name comes from the fluffy seeds (together with the ballooning seedpods and their curved stem). I found this one on Hillsborough Cemetery yesterday, fine but windy. Butterflies circling around the bushes, eggs and various sizes of caterpillars on the plants.

Wikipedia has the cryptic comment: “This plant is also popular in traditional medicine to cure various ailments.”