Monkey Balls that grow in autumn, spring, and summer

For those of you who were wondering, this is what ‘Monkey Balls’ look like in autumn, spring, and summer.

And then they put forth these pretty little seeds that go forth and multiply.

Before they go to seed–you can use them in arrangements like I did above.

They are food for the Monarch caterpillar.

and the adult butterflies love the blooms.

I like the blooms!

The bees like them.

Want to know more–its medicinal purposes–what it looks like as an adult plant–other such nonsense? see here–Asclepias ‘Fur Balls’ or ‘Monkey Plant’ . You can get the seeds from Thompson and Morgan Seeds

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Char says:

    I have heard of “monkey balls” but they were on a sweetgum tree (now looking it up on google I see they are seed pods too). I had this tree in my front yard until a year or so ago, it was diseased and the city took it down.


  2. Livia says:

    I love these. I’ve always wanted to grow them but never seem to actually get around to it. Maybe I’ll give them a try this year.


  3. Sue Langley says:

    I never have heard of “Monkey balls”, but I’ll take your word for it. The seeds look justt like milkweed seeds which I saw up close for the first time when I made Tractor man pull the car over so I could gather some seeds. I photographed the seeds, in a basket, popping out of their pods and the photo won two contests, so now when I say stop and pull over, he does it half the time. (Before it took me grabbing the wheel and putting MY foot on the brake.)


  4. Donna says:

    I had never heard the name before either…love the post and the photos are fab…hoping to see some monkey balls growing in my garden this year…BTW, I am always surprised by the never ending changes you make to the blog…each change to the visual appear is refreshing and I actually am excited to see what you have done…mine of course needs some overhauling but that will wait until I have time to learn more….I learned how to make a widget thanks to you 🙂


  5. Dear Anna, I love this posting. The nickname, monkey balls, is new to me – I only know the plant as milkweed. Your photos are stunning as always. P. x


  6. becca says:

    Love the article Anna….great photos. Now I know what “Monkey balls” are….hehehehe!


  7. Okay, I have to say, I was NOT expecting to see “Monkey Balls” in any post today, but hey, it was so worth it! 🙂 They really are neat in the flower arrangement. I am going to have to get me some! Oh darn, I guess I’ll need more seed catalogs! It’s a dirty job, but…. ha ha ha!


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