1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

giant milkweed

Calotropis gigantea

Thrives in medium moisture and well-drained soils in full sun. Established plants tolerate drought, but best growth and flower production occur in soils with consistent and even moisture. Commonly called crown flower or giant milkweed, this large shrub or small tree is native to India, southern China, Malaysia and Indonesia, but has been extensively cultivated in tropical areas around the world. Flowers appear in clusters and are are commonly used in Hawaii for leis. This giant milkweed is another larval plant for monarch butterflies.

Grow as a hedge or small tree in tropical climes. Can be grown in containers and overwintered indoors in our area.