Monday, August 5, 2013

I Love Milkweed

I'm getting back to nature today with a few pictures of the flowers of a milkweed plant. This particular kind of milkweed is, I believe, swamp milkweed. As far as I remember, you can kind of tell by the color of the flowers.

I have to tell you, I really love milkweed plants. Maybe they're my favorite plant in existence. It's partly because of these wonderful little flowers, but it's mainly because of the pods they grow after awhile. I knew about the pods before any other part of the plant.

These plants don't have the pods yet. But they look like little alien pods from Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. All that's really in the pods though are seeds with a cottony section that helps the seeds fly so they can be distributed all around the area. That part is fun.

Then later after I began this blog, I learned about the flowers of these plants. I thought the pods looked like something alien, but take a good close look at these flowers. They look almost like they have alien-like mandibles or something.

That feature is something a science fiction lover like me can really get into. These supposed claws are actually soft, so there's nothing to really worry about. And you only really see them with a good up close look. But it enhances the alien theme of the pods even more. Don't you think?
  
I usually say when I have pictures of flowers that I don't know a thing about plants. But milkweed is kind of an exception. I was able to learn quite a bit about milkweed a few years ago. I wrote several posts about it that are still some of my favorites.

Because of my car accident from a couple of years ago, I've forgotten much of what I learned about milkweed, but I still remember quite a bit. The pods on each kind look a little different. Some are smooth, and some look kind of spiky. They're all shaped kind of like jalapeno peppers, but their surfaces are rough.

I don't want to get too much into describing everything, but that little bit is okay I guess. You can see that I can go on and on with milkweed. It makes me feel like I used to when writing a post. Maybe some of that will spill into my future posts. Anyway, I'll talk to you later.

8 comments:

  1. Did you know that monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed? I purposely planted it in my garden so I could raise monarch butterflies!

    See if you can get some for your yard, Ratty, and then watch for the butterflies to come. I had to bring the leaves with the eggs indoors to raise, though, because monarch caterpillars are very yummy to many predators.

    LOVE your post today! I like milkweed too!

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    1. I never thought of getting milkweed for my yard. I'm going to have to do that one of these times.

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  2. Beautiful pics!

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  3. i love milkweeds too, and i usually see a lot of caterpillars and butterflies on them that's make them a lot more special

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    1. I almost never get to see the caterpillars on them. I always look for them too.

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  4. Milkweeds are very pretty flowers - I love how your sci-fi brain interpreted them!

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    1. Making these plants a sci-fi thing is the most fun part of it for me.

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