A Garden Surprise

A regular reader of this blog is aware that I make frequent visits to the Missouri Botanical Garden.

This girl has enough country roots that a walk in fresh air and the surroundings of interesting plants is enjoyment. Please, animal lovers, do not despair. Most pets and trips to the zoo bring the same lift to my spirits.

On a recent visit I found something new. Or perhaps I dismissed it as merely a pleasant shrub. Until the fruit made it a standout. I took note of the name – Balloon Plant. Common names please, I’ll leave the Latin and scientific names to the real experts.

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The fruit is the size of tennis balls — with spines.

A relative of milkweed.

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