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Asclepias fruticosa
Trees and shrubs | Flowers | Magnoliopsida

Scientific Name - Asclepias fruticosa L.

Synonyms - Gomphocarpus fruticosus

Popular names - falso coton, tontelbos

Distribution and Habitat - originally from South Africa, introduced in the Mediterranean, it grows in sandy areas in coastal areas, up to 500 m altitude.

Description - evergreen shrub, 1-2 m high, very branched bush. Leaves opposite, entire, linear-lanceolate, pubescent or slightly glabrata, borders obsolete, 5-15 x 0.4-2 cm. Flowers yellowish white, gathered in an umbel-type inflorescence inserted in the upper stem, corolla lobe reflex. Blooms in May and June. Fruit follicles oval, 5-7 cm long, covered with thorns. Seeds doll

Tolerances - sensitive to frost.

Requirements - exhibits well-drained soil and sunny.

Curiosity - the whole plant is toxic.

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