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Description for Calotropis gigantea
Calotropis gigantea is a species of Calotropis native to Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, China, Pakistan, Nepal, and tropical Africa. It is a large shrub growing to 4 m tall.
Arka is a perennial shrub growing 2.5 meter high with various branches and sub branches. Leaves are simple, opposite, subsessile, ovate and cordate at base. It has bunch of waxy flowers that are white or lavender in color. Flowers consists of pointed five petals and a small beautiful crown, which holds the stamen. It has milky stem and contains cardiac glycosides, fatty acid and calcium oxalate.
Planting and care
It is a flowering succulent / flower that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.Normally grows with a shrubby habit.This plant is a great attractor for butterflies, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Giant Milkweed is a great choice.
Caring for Calotropis gigantea
- Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. The USDA Zones typically associated with Giant Milkweed are Zone 9 and Zone 11. Keep in mind when planting that Giant Milkweed is thought of as tender, so remember to ensure that temperatures are mild before moving outdoors.
Typical uses of Calotropis gigantea
Special features: Where winter hardy, grow as a hedge or train as a small tree. Where not winter hardy, grow in containers which must be overwintered indoors.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose. Its generally kep indoor in living room and in terrac area.
The flowers are long lasting, and in Thailand they are used in floral arrangements. The extract of flowers and leaves have shown hypoglycemic effect in preclinical studies
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