D14. Crown Flowers

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Definitely in the Rare, Exotic and Unusual category Calotropis gigantea, Crown flower or Giant Milkweed are great additions to any tropical garden.  This large tropical flowering shrub has blooms with a powdery look and feel to them and its leaves have the same texture as grape leaves.  The flowers have a star-like appearance. Giant Milkweed is also what it is known by, and according to the Hawaiian culture it is a symbol of royalty and was made into stunning leis and worn and adored by Queen Liliuokalani.