Crown Flower, Giant Calotrope, Giant Milkweed, Swallow-wort (Calotropis gigantea

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Crown Flower, Giant Calotrope, Giant Milkweed, Swallow-wort
Calotropis gigantea

Close up of a flower - Florida Botanical Gardens, Pinellas County, Florida - October 2004

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Piedmont, MO(Zone 6a)

How exquisite in that closeup view. It looks like a fairy castle or something. Sometimes I wish I could be a butterfly and see all the flowers look that big. Of course, I would hate to see the spiders!

Stacey, I am still trying to germinate the aristolochia, but so far nothing has happened. I will be patient...all aristolochias are supposed to be a bit tricky to get going. The other seeds you sent will be started about February, I think.
Glad the hurricane season is finally over?

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Shhh, hurricane season isn't over until the end of November. It was a wild one this year, that's for sure. Even though it's been pretty dry since many of our waterways are still running high.

Luckily for me I didn't have to start the Aristolochia seed, Kris (another DGer) gave me a plant at a Georgia swap. I sure hope they do well for you!


Brookeville, MD(Zone 7a)

I've always been a fan of milkweed and this one is gorgeous. The picture is great too, egh, I can see the milkweed bugs upclose.

Newburgh, IN(Zone 6a)

That closeup is wonderful. Great photo.

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Is this a host to a butterlly? It sure is elegant up close like that.

El Cajon, CA(Zone 9b)

What a beautiful plant. I have to have one NOW! :) Where can I get one?


Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Y'all should see it in's a stunner! This one is at the botanical gardens so I don't really know anything about it. Comments in the PDB say that it's a wonderful Monarch host plant...

ETS...unlike most of the milkweeds these flowers are huge, each one easily as big around as a quarter!

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Greensburg, IN(Zone 6a)

this is beautifull, I always thought of milkweed as a weed, how wrong I am, does this produce seeds

NW Qtr, AR(Zone 6a)

Ahh, Floridian .. that top flower and its center .. looks to be one of the hand painted porcelain creations .. that we see offered by the Danbury Mint .. for purchase.

A strikingly beautiful flower, and a most spectacular shot too!

- Magpye

Ocoee, FL(Zone 9b)

Wow I just discovered this plant on my trip to the Keys. It's everywhere and no wonder it is just beautiful. I am taking one home to Orlando to see how it does in my nursery.

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