Sunday, October 5, 2008

Showy Milkweed

One of my favorite plants this time of year is the showy milkweed. Most of the year, it is just a rangy weed along the roads, but come fall, the seed pods are fabulous: The seeds gradually separate from the cone as the pod dries and opens, then the parachutes float the seeds on the wind for long distances. But for me, the magical part is the contrast of the tightly-packed brown seeds and the silky white filaments of the parachutes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good point, though sometimes it's hard to arrive to definite conclusions