Antelope Horn Milkweed, food for butterfly royalty  by louannwarren

Antelope Horn Milkweed, food for butterfly royalty

These flowers were wind planted in my front flowerbed a few years ago. The leaves are a favorite food of Monarch and Queen butterfly caterpillars. Native Americans made a tea from the leaves as a tonic to strengthen the heart. The Navajos used the milky sap to treat bites from rabid animals. When the flowers fade away, the seed pods form, the plant is named for the shape of the pods. When the pods split open, the seeds are attached to silky fibers similar to dandelions. During WWII, the silk was used as filling for life jackets and aviation jackets because milkweed silk is 5 to 6 times more buoyant than cork.
beautiful collage of this slightly different milk weed to the one we get here
June 26th, 2020  
Beautiful collage Lou Ann.
June 26th, 2020  
Nice collage showing different aspects of this milkweed.
June 26th, 2020  
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Nice images.
June 26th, 2020  
This is so interesting, Lou Ann.
June 26th, 2020  
Wonderful variety!
June 27th, 2020  
What a fascinating lesson with pictures and everything. The pictures are fabulous… So was the lesson.
June 27th, 2020  
That was fascinating reading about the milkweed plant. I planted a few from seed one year and got a few to produce and had a good time taking the seeds out at the end of the season. Saw how that silky fiber felt. Wish I'd gotten some more seeds to do again. Will have to try to remember next year. This made a neat collage.
June 27th, 2020  
What a great collage and interesting info, I have yet to see one of these.
June 27th, 2020  
Interesting collage Lou Ann each image captured in lovely detail, I'm pleased you identified them I had now idea what they were:)
June 27th, 2020  
I like the combination of images as we move in closer to the webs.
June 27th, 2020  
Beautiful pictures and I found your information very interesting! Thank you!
June 27th, 2020  
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