November 19, 2013
Broth at Sauce
We Always called it milkweed
Yep! It’s amazingly soft.
I knew someone who would actually eat the seeds too
Oooo! It’s a favorite of mine. Milkweed indeed. The fluff is super silky and fun to play with this time of year. You can also use the fibers in the stem to make natural cordage/rope. We use it all the time at http://wildearth.org/
is it Dandelions ?
Tough one Matt, I was going to say it’s a dandelion then as the seeds look very similar as well as it being one of my most favourite drinks “dandelion and burdock” but I assume I am wrong in this case.
BTW really looking forward to the new WP 3.8 have found out your secret btw and don’t worry I won’t tell anyone else will just tease them with it!
that was my first thought because that plant has an indelible quality that spreads itself everywhere once it starts from those seeds
or Samantha – I’ll name her Samantha.
Wow..I don’t know what it is called but its lovely! At first I thought it was angels hair..Going to see if your commenters are correct@milkweed..It appears to be glowing whatever it is doesn’t look like a weed
I believe that’s a milkweed seed pod =]
Cotton Guava my non-plant-knowing-just-guessing self would say.
Asclepias syriaca, aka Common Milkweed!
Bonus points for being the first one with the scientific name.
cocoa? XOXO – Bacon
Looks very pretty, whatever it is…reminds me of a dandelion before it turns yellow. I’m very inexperienced as far as identifying most plants is concerned. (When I was little, I thought dandelions were flowers, & used to give my mom a bouquet of them). I know they’re weeds now obviously, but still think they’re pretty.
it is a milkweed, i remember breaking open the pods as a child, watching the seeds blow away in the wind. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on the leaves of milkweed plants each spring, so don’t destroy these plants!
I agree with milkweed – one of the more photogenic varieties I have seen.
It looks like cotton when it’s 1st picked, from a TV program I saw-(I’m pretty sure it was “Places in the Heart” with Sally Field, & her character had to pick cotton to make ends meet, because if I remember correctly, I think she was being threatened with foreclosure by the bank, & her home was going to be repossessed.
It reminds me of the early stages of dandelions before they turn yellow & when children would blow on them & the little white fragments would scatter all over with the wind, although I don’t think there were any little black “seeds”, which btw look like apple seeds, incidentally. Very cute-looking plant.
Milkweed is an herb used for medicinal purposes, from what I understand, but I’m not sure what health benefits with which it’s associated. (I’ve heard of “milk thistle” too before, but I don’t know what it’s supposed to help people with medically). Are those 2 herbs related to 1 another? (I know I’m talking about different topics here, lol)!
We say “Appooppanthadi” in Kerala, India or “Pappus”, this word is derived from the Greek word Pappos.
It kind of looks like it’s on a spoon.
Milkweed. They used to grow all over my neighborhood when I was a kid and we’d open them and set the seeds free.
I haven’t seen milkweed since I was a kid. Thanks for the memories!
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It’s a milkweed seedpod with exposed filaments and seeds.
Its a Milkweed. The milkysap of this plant is a great remedy for the burning from the Stinging Nettle. You usually will find both plants growing near one another. This is also a plant that is dear to the Monarch Butterfly. There is a movement to plant the Milkweed as the butterflies are having some problems https://www.facebook.com/pages/Monarch-Flyway/140249462810631?ref=profile
It’s fabulous photo!
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I thought it was cottonwood.
I think we should name it Fluffy.
Whatever you call it, it’s a fabulous photograph!
I thought it was cotton
Oh my gosh! I remember playing with that during recess in grade school!
Milkweed is the answer. Dylan Thomas would like this picture. The most beautiful weed ever.
good memories of childhood. milkweed.
In africa my country botswana we call it sefoka ke phefo or seboaboa. We used to play with it.into the wind and blow it, it is beautiful
Unusual title…reminds me of the title from an old tv show, “Name That Tune”.
I just saw one of these today. And thought of your photo. Good to know the monarchs like them. I’ll have to watch for them next summer. Milk thistle is supposed to be good for your liver, I’ve read.
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Hahaha! I remember we used to have this plant in my house when we were growing up. Each time the pods got dried they opened up and those silky seeds wafted around in the wind. It was delightful for the kids we were back then, and later in high school when the Biology teacher explain means of dispersion, I had a unique example back at home.
What’s this plant called? Any ideas?
Milkweed seed pod
It is called ‘Appuppan thaadi’ in Malayalam. The language is spoken in South India, in a state called Kerala. The word means grandfather’s beard During the season, these shimmer, fly & flutter all over the place. They travel a long distance in the wind & make the place look like heaven.
I know it’s milkweed, but my sister and I would call them American Fuzzy Pickles when we were younger. We even made a song about them. Haha.
Thought t’was a dead bird!
Mom always used to tell me about collecting these milkweed pods tor Mae West vests during World War II. Apparently they made great stuffing for flotation devices.
It looked like a Cocoa. Amazing!
How about Cotton
I call it the stuff that makes me sneeze!
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Milkweed…there are just some things that wrap your senses and pull you back in time. I remember seeing so much more milkweed when I was a child. I remember how soft it felt on my face as I brought it across my cheeks. We were taught by and large to leave nature be where it is- largely because I think my mom didn’t trust us to differentiate between what may be toxic and what was not. But this plant was one we were encouraged to handle. My mom, whose parents came from Lithuania, told us that in other countries these plants were used to spin into fabric. She likened it to cotton plants….and we would call it that always to be corrected by her.
This plant and my mother’s explanations led me to begin to consider where fabric and thread and yarn all came from. Well, this and Rumpelstilkin’s tale…
I remember the heat of the sun on my arms as I played with the cottony ends.ANd of course the texture of this pod would always remind me of pussywillows, a favorite combination with forsythia. Texture plays a greater part of human awareness than what people now believe in this age where so much time and money is spent on the visual and audio. These in their own ways are part of the miracle of nature to be found. These parts of nature bring us close to mysteries in life, and while not necessarily solving them. They are gifts, gifts not to take for granted.
It’s a bird.. Jiji
I have not seen this in years. I remember collecting milkweed pods as a kid. They were everywhere around my home as a kid, but now I am far from home and have not even seen this since the days of my youth.
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If we could only understand nature…. we could solve all our problems
It looks like fireworks
Yeah, I agree, that’s a milkweed.
time to dream
We used to call it “Aajiche Kesh”, which in Marathi means “grandma’s hair”.
Cute looking & very delicate.
It’s very fragile.
“ดอก ฝ้าย” in thailand
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