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Status in Florida: Naturalized, non-native

•Size at Maturity: Giant Milkweed is a large, shrubby perennial plant that can reach heights of up to 10 feet tall with a spread of 6 to 8 feet wide.

•Phenology: Giant Milkweed produces clusters of large, showy, white or lavender flowers with a unique star-like shape.

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Giant Milkweed typically blooms from late spring to early fall, with peak bloom occurring in summer.

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Evergreen

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun

•Soil Texture: Well-drained, sandy or loamy soil; Giant Milkweed is tolerant of a wide range of soil types but prefers good drainage.

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.0)

•Moisture Requirements: Moderate moisture; Giant Milkweed prefers evenly moist soil but can tolerate brief periods of drought once established.

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Giant Milkweed is commonly used as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical landscapes. It can be planted as a specimen plant or used in mixed borders for its large, attractive flowers and foliage.

•Maintenance Tips: Giant Milkweed requires little maintenance once established. Remove spent flowers to encourage continued blooming and prune back any dead or damaged growth as needed.

•Considerations: Giant Milkweed is valued for its large, showy flowers and tropical appearance. It may self-seed and spread in favorable growing conditions. Host plant for monarch, queen and soldier butterflies.

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; deer and rabbits may occasionally browse on Giant Milkweed foliage, but it is not typically preferred by these animals.

•Edible: Giant Milkweed is not typically consumed by humans and is not considered edible.

•Medicinal Uses: In some cultures, various parts of Giant Milkweed have been used for medicinal purposes, but it is not widely recognized as a medicinal plant.

•Toxicity to Pets: Giant Milkweed is toxic if ingested and can cause gastrointestinal distress in pets.

Giant Milkweed - Calotropis gigantea, non-native

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