Milkweed, in Seed

Posted by @Newyorkrita on
In late summer Milkweed pods dry and burst open, showing seeds with silky parachutes.

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) grows in various garden beds on my property. Each spring baby plants appear in new places as if by magic. And yes, it is Mother Nature's magic that brings those seeds on their silky parachutes to a new home where they can grow and flourish.

The Milkweed family (Asclepias) are host plants for the monarch butterfly and a nectar source for all butterflies. Bees and other pollinators, as well as hummingbirds, also are attracted by the blossoms.

There are many types of Milkweeds, including Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), the popular Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), and the most common in my garden: Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata).

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Seed pods burst open.

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Light fluffy seeds are easily carried by the wind.

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Asclepias incarnata Milkweed plant.

So when you find milkweed plants in your garden, don't wonder how they got there. Just cherish your new plants.

 
Comments and discussion:
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Encouraging milkweed to be part of regular garden life always by mudman0007 Oct 23, 2015 5:40 AM 3
So Much Fun! by Chillybean Sep 26, 2015 7:24 AM 2
Little parachutes by DavidLMO Sep 24, 2015 9:14 AM 1

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