Thursday, August 14, 2008

Milkweed

We are frequently asked what this plant is. Milkweed (Asclepias) is easily recognizable by the milky sap it exudes when you cut the branch. We planted it as a host plant for the Monarch butterfly. The monarch likes to lay its eggs on Milkweed. Alas, I haven't found any eggs yet. I think it is because we don't have a field of milkweed just a small patch. The cones are the seed pods. Inside the cones are lots of white cottony pieces each with seed attached. Once mature the pods will pop open and the wind will carry the seeds around the neighborhood, eventually creating our own field of milkweed. The dried mature pods are often used for crafts.


2 comments:

Alice said...

You know, if you catch one of those pretty milkweed seeds floating around, you get to make a wish on it.

Linda said...

When I was growing up in our small town, we had a field across the street from us. I have memories of the milkweed seeds floating in the air.