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balloon cotton bush

A small shrubby plant usually growing up to 2 m tall. Its stems and elongated leaves (3.5-12 cm long and 5-16 mm wide) exude a milky sap when damaged. Its clusters of white or pinkish flowers have a crown-like structure at its centre. Its distinctive balloon-like fruit (5-7.5 cm long) are covered with soft spines (7-10 mm long). These fruit contain many black seeds topped with silky tufts of white hairs.

A widely naturalised species that is most common in the eastern parts of the country. It is very common in the coastal and sub-coastal districts of central and southern Queensland and in the north-eastern corner of New South Wales. Less common or occasional in northern Queensland, in other parts of New South Wales, in south-eastern South Australia, and near Perth in south-western Western Australia. Also naturalised on Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island. Naturalised overseas in Mauritius, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Hawaii, New Caledonia, the Caribbean and beyond its native range in Africa.

balloon cotton bush A small shrubby plant usually growing up to 2 m tall. Its stems and elongated leaves (3.5-12 cm long and 5-16 mm wide) exude a milky sap when damaged. Its clusters of white or

Plant ID forum: Giant weeds with white cottony top

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Could you get a little closer and take a couple more photos? Do you remember seeing flowers?

My only guess with this photo is thistles.

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Oh, and every one of those cute little pieces of white fluff can become a new plant. Whatever your weed is, you need to eliminate it as quickly as possible to prevent the spread by seeds and by underground. I’m sure your neighbors will thank you.

After you get rid of the plants, you might look into applying some pre-emergent product to prevent the spread of this pest.

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