Gomphocarpus fruticosus is a slender, erect, branching perennial shrub that contains a milky latex. It has dark green, lanceolate leaves with creamy small flowers borne between Summer and Autumn as pendulums together in groups of up to 10. The fruit are hairy green heart-shaped follicles, containing small black seeds that appear when the fruits burst open, each seed has a long silky hair allowing for it to be transported by wind.
It can be grown in almost any soil type and is fairly short-lived but easy to propagate.
Gomphocarpus fruticosus is mildly poisonous but many butterfly species feed on it. The butterflies then also become poisonous and that protects them from predation.
You may find stock of this plant at Random Harvest.