The Calotropis gigantea: A Haven for the Monarch

I have been meaning to post about this milkweed shrub because I blogged extensively about its cousin, the Calotropis procera. Since now it’s also Monarch migration time, I thought it would be nice to feature one of the largest milkweeds on the planet. Calotropis gigantea grows to a height of 8 to 10 ft (2.4 to 3.0 m) while Calotropis procera also grows to about…

A Follow-up on The Calotropis procera Tree

The Calotropis proceraas it is now. Frequent pruning is required to develop a full, bushy crown. In summer the plant might become semidecidious. It is a frequent bloomer unaffected by drought. I have already pruned this one a couple of times. ISO 100, 1/200, f/11, @60mm I’d like to recommend you an ebook written by Tony…

The Apple of Sodom, or White Crown Bloom (Calotropis procera)

Apple of Sodom or White Crown Bloom (Calotropis procera) 1/60, f/11,  ISO 400, @60mm (vignette added). Aka Sodom apple, white crown, mudar, or osher or stabragh, a flowering plant native to North Africa, Tropical Africa, Western Asia, South Asia, Indochina, and exotic in the West Indies, C. and South America. They are commonly known as milkweeds because of the latex they produce. Calotropis species are considered common weeds in some parts of the world. These plants…