covered with ants
Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area, Dunn Co., WI
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) photo = Milkweed,Common_MAC_©DaveSpier_D041818iN
4 feet high, along trail on high ground
Milkweed makes a milky juice that consists of latex and contains alkaloids. This repels some pests, wireworms for example. Milkweeds help other plants in the process by keeping these pests away. The fluffy fibers from Milkweed seedpods are used to make stuffing for hypoallergenic pillows.
Photo by Jennah Welch
Broad and stiff leaves, type of flowering plant , can grow up to 6 feet
Found in the HCC garden on campus.
The fluffy stuff is milkweed floss, which carries seeds on the wind. These have landed among the leaves of another plant, possibly goldenrod.
This was seen on our service walk on October 10, 2013.
Brittany Simpsen, photo and initial post