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Size at Maturity: Typically grows up to 3-6 feet tall.

Bloom Season: Blooms from summer to fall.

 

Native Status to Florida: Not native to Florida; introduced species.

 

pH Requirements: Prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil (pH 6.0-7.0).

 

Sun Exposure: Thrives in full sun.Salt Tolerance: Moderate salt tolerance.

 

Moisture Requirements: Tolerant of drought once established; prefers well-drained soil.

Wildlife Benefits: Attracts pollinators such as butterflies and bees with its nectar-rich flowers. Provides food and habitat for monarch butterfly caterpillars.

Medicinal Uses: Balloon Plant has been used traditionally in herbal medicine for its purported anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties.

Deer or Rabbit Resistance: Generally resistant to browsing by deer and rabbits.

Phenology: Produces unique, balloon-like seed pods filled with fluffy seeds.

 

Considerations (if any): Can self-seed prolifically and may become invasive in some areas.

Recommended Landscape Uses: Butterfly gardens, naturalized areas, or as a specimen plant for its unique seed pods.

Toxicity to Pets: Toxic to pets if ingested; can cause gastrointestinal discomfort.

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