The most famous of this silk plant is the orange Asclepias tuberosa. But in addition, in recent years a lot of trendy colors of this silk plant have been added that can be combined very nicely. From burgundy red to cream white and from purple to pink tones. And another extra: the many-flowered umbels are lightly scented. There is also a special appearance, namely the Asclepias physocarpa 'Moby Dick'. This is best known for its large green bladders that are often used for flower arrangements and in bouquets.
The tube-like fruits of the silk family contain seeds with long, white and silky hairs. This is how the family owes its name. Asclepias symbolizes "let me go". They are named after the Greek god of medicine, Aesculapios, the son of Apollo. He could bring the dead back to life. But beware!, the milky juice of the plant is poisonous so don't take this too literally.
The Asclepias originates from North America where it grows on dry grasslands. The silk flower can be found from the northern states to the southern states. In 1699, the plant was taken to England where it was already cultivated and later spread all over the world.
With these tips you can enjoy this fragrant treat for an extra long time: