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Would love to know the name of this plant so I can plant some in my back yard to attract these butteflies!


The plant was found growing abundantly in a South Australian National Park

2 Species ID Suggestions

Giant Milkweed
Calotropis procera Factsheet - Calotropis procera
James33 7 years ago
Broad-leaf Cotton-bush
Gomphocarpus cancellatus

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James33 7 years ago

Everyone else has been close, but not quite correct. It is actually Gomphocarpus cancellatus (Broad-leaf Cotton-bush). Common on hillsides in the southern parts of South Australia.

NayNay 9 years ago

Oooh cool! So is it an actual weed? I wonder if there are any laws or restrictions to me planting this plant in my yard...and where to find some to purchase...

LauraMaria 9 years ago

Yup, I'm with ceherzog! Their caterpillars love munching on milkweed :) Good luck in making your garden Monarch-friendly!

ceherzog 9 years ago

It's a milkweed, possibly Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca.

Any species of milkweed will attract the Monarch butterflies.

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South Australia, Australia

Spotted on May 15, 2011
Submitted on May 15, 2011

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