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
Leaves are opposite
Leaf venation- pinnate
Large leaves, green low to the grown.
Plant Family: Apocynaceae (formerly Asclepiadaceae)
A small dune system grading rapidly into a wooded area dominated by deciduous trees. This plant was located on the dune and the dune-wooded area interface.
Plant herbaceous; about 2/3 meter tall. Leaves opposite. Milky latex present when tissue is broken. Follicles have bumps and are between 0 and 5 per plant.
Abundance at site:
Common at site on dune and dune edge
Some plants have fruit, some do not, and some are vegetative at this time.
Dried stalks and seed pods.
yellowish green color bean/pepper like shaped spikes on outside. green thick stem. one had fluffys coming out of it like a dandilion does.
Common milkweed is a species of flowering plant. It is in the genus Asclepias, the milkweeds, it grows in sandy soils and sunny areas.
The common milkweed grows up to 6 feet tall. The leaves are broad and sometimes have a red main vein
I found this growing from underneath already planted plants and it looked like it was vining out right beside another giant plant.
Broad leaf shape;
Smooth leaf edge;
Alternate leaf arrangement;
When tore apart the leaf, white milk-like liquid came out from the stem, which is sticky
Long leaves. Green in color. Leaves are very firm.
The flower type is simple and not a native to North America. This plant can be found in states like Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The flower color for this varies from blue to purple or from pink to red. This plant can be found at the road sides all over New England. The leaf blades of this plant are entire (unlobed and lobed).
Really big leaves, with reddish brown veins running up the leaf. When the leaf is broken, the leaf releases a white sappy fluid. The leaves are stiff and they break very easily. They are smooth and broad. It looks like they are simple leaves as well. They have alternate leaf placement on the stem. They have no lobes or serrations.