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Calotropis gigantea

15th July 2018

A giant milkweed from tropical Africa and Asia growing to about 5m at its tallest. The large leaves are the key attraction though the pale lilac flowers are used in Hawaii in leis (dodgy white irritant sap would worry me).
I was given some seedlings with no real expectation that they would do very much, it is a tropical plant. By the end of summer they had grown well but died (almost) during the winter. I had a few shoot tips that survived to the following spring and they may root and grow away. It is extremely unlikely.

6th September 2018