Gomphocarpus fruticosus

Gomphocarpus fruticosus
Gomphocarpus fruticosus

Common names: milkweed (English). 
Botanical name: Gomphocarpus fruticosus

Gomphocarpus fruticosus, commonly known as milkweed or wild cotton, is a hardy shrub with lanceolate leaves and clusters of creamy yellow flowers. Widely distributed in the southern African region, it’s a fibrous perennial often found in disturbed areas. While its milky sap makes it toxic to livestock, the plant is utilized in floral arrangements, and its leaves serve as snuff with sedative properties for headaches and tuberculosis. Self-propagates and, when cultivated, prefers ordinary soils in full sun.

Uses & Benefits: fibre, medicine

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Family: Apocynaceae
Type: shrub
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