9 responses to “Asclepias syriaca”

  1. Michael F

    Another interesting case (like Scilla peruviana) where Linnaeus was misled over the origin of the plant – it is from North America, not Syria

  2. Maureen

    The common milkweed is one of my favorite plant ingredients in handmade paper. The strong silky fibers (bast) just under the outer surface of the stems make a beautiful paper similar to various Japanese washi (handmade papers) made of kozo fibers. Sometimes I add milkweed seed fluff to the paper as a decorative element, but by itself the fluff does not make strong paper.

  3. Maire Smith

    What an absolutely amazingly cool link about Antarctica. Thank you!
    (Thanks also, many times, for how your site brightens my mornings.)

  4. Daniel Mosquin

    I thought I’d add a personal story I remembered this morning.

    This is probably one of the first few plants I recognized as a child as being “different”, that is, something beyond a rose, a tree, a lily, a grass, and so on. My mother would keep a few individual plants in her perennial garden for the monarch caterpillars, but she’d always remove the fruit every year before ripening so that the seed wouldn’t spread.

    I remember that she would always bring one of the pods inside the house and I’d check on it to see if it had split open, revealing the seed and fluff – something otherworldly to a child on the Prairies.

  5. Douglas Mongerson

    I have a childhood memory of being told about milkweed fluff being collected for something for the war effort……..that is WW2. Can anyone elaborate?

  6. qcronk

    Many Asclepiadaceae, including Asclepias syriaca, appear to produce their inflorescences by a bifurcation of the shoot apex rather than as a lateral or terminal structure. (The peduncles are non-axillary, each occurring about 60° away from the axil of a leaf). One part of the bifurcation continues as vegetative growth, the other becomes the flower head. Bifurcating growth is unusual in flowering plants although it is common in monilophytes and lycophytes.
    See: James R. Nolan (1969) Bifurcation of the stem apex in Asclepias syriaca. American Journal of Botany, 56: 603-609

  7. Knox M. Henry

    Douglas Mongerson’s faint memory of milkweed fluff being collected during WW11 is correct. We collected it to be used in as floatation material in life jackets.

  8. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks for the comments, all.

  9. anna

    vorrei cortesemente info su come acquistare questa pianta asclepsias syriaca,
    grazie

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