Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Milkweed


Milkweed pods are those wonderful brown crackly brown pods that burst in late summer and blow those puffy little parachutes all over the neighborhood. The caterpillar of the Monarch butterfly loves this plant. Not many people get to see the actual plant in bloom, so here is a pretty specimen. The flower-heads are about the size of a softball. There are lots of them along the Ryan Road hiking trails.

1 comment:

Jacob said...

This is fascinating...I've seen milkweed all of my life but have never seen one in bloom.

Very nice shot!