Schedule Change

On Friday, September 19, the U.S. Botanic Garden's outdoor National Garden will close early at 5 p.m. It will reopen for regularly scheduled hours on Saturday, September 20 at 10 a.m.

Balloon plant

Magic carpet balloon flower
Plant Botanical Name: 
Gomphocarpus physiocarpus
Plant Sub Species or Variety: 
'Magic Carpet Yellow'
USBG Plant Location: 
National Garden
Sunlight: 
Full sun
Plant Soil Type: 
Most garden soils
Plant Moisture Requirements: 
Low to dry conditions

This native southeast African plant is a wonderful butterfly plant. Its clusters of white flowers are insigificant but the light green balloon-like seed pods make it a great plant for a border and as a cut flower. It can be an agressive self seeder so care should be taken. It is most commonly sold as Asclepias physocarpus.

National Garden Room Location: