All About Milkweed: Lovely story Sharon

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All About Milkweed

By Sharon
July 28, 2011

It took many years but it finally occurred to me that some of our most common plants have a more colorful history than our notably famous people do. The common milkweed is one of them.

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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Jul 27, 2011 6:23 PM CST
I really enjoyed reading this article. Milkweed is also a honey bee plant.
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Sharon
Jul 27, 2011 6:42 PM CST
I know the bees love it, and I'm so glad you are providing lists of those favorite honey bee flowers to us.
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Aug 1, 2011 8:08 AM CST
Ditto! Great story, Sharon...

Milkweed is one of my favorite "weeds". It's right up there with mullein in my book!

I've got milkweed pods on my desk, waiting patiently for me to make little boats or something out of them. (And they've been waiting about five years.) Maybe one day! :>)

Thanks for sharing, Sharon.

Happy Day!
Shoe
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Sharon
Aug 1, 2011 8:43 AM CST
Thanks Shoe!
I happen to like mullein, too.

Five year old milkweed pods, eh? Petrified yet?
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Aug 1, 2011 9:41 AM CST
Hehehe, not petrified but good and dried, for sure! Perfect to do something with, eh?

Keep smilin'!
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quilter5
Aug 2, 2011 5:38 AM CST
Wonderful article Sharon. We have a LOT of milkweed around here and I never knew how useful it really is. Thanks for the lesson from Aunt Bett.
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Sharon
Aug 2, 2011 8:29 AM CST
Hi Barb,
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leaflady
Aug 2, 2011 7:03 PM CST
Wonderful story, Sharon. I love your Aunt Bett stories.

I would be so happy to have many more milkweed than I do but for some reason the population is spare in my yarden and nearby fields and pastures. I've even tried planting the seeds to no avail.

In the spring the tender young shoots make a wonderful substitute for asparagus. You MUST start with boiling water tho and use 3 waters or I've been told it is very toxic. I think I got that from the Uell Gibbons book.
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Sharon
Aug 2, 2011 7:09 PM CST
Hi Eva Mae,

You are right, it is toxic and I don't advise anybody to use it internally.
Of course I might still use it for stuffing pillows.

Thank you. I'm glad you like Aunt Bett. She's my favorite too.
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