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Photo of common milkweed flower cluster

Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca
A wildflower common statewide, found in a variety of habitats, common milkweed is famous as a food plant for monarch butterflies. It is also notable for its curious seedpods bearing seeds that fly on silky parachutes.

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Photo of common milkweed flower cluster

Common Milkweed

A wildflower common statewide, found in a variety of habitats, common milkweed is famous as a food plant for monarch butterflies. It is also notable for its curious seedpods bearing seeds that fly on silky parachutes.

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Photo of whorled milkweed flowers.

Milkweeds

Plants in the Asclepiadoideae, subfamily of the dogbanes
Milkweeds are a group of plants that used to have their very own family. Now part of the dogbane family, they’re still a pretty distinctive group.

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Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People

A reporter recently told me that the word “landscaping” appeals more to people today than “gardening” because it sounds like less work.

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News and Almanac

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"News and Almanac" for the March 2007 Missouri Conservationist.

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Planting Contentment

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Try your hand at butterfly gardening.

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Photo of prairie milkweed, or tall green milkweed, fruits.

Prairie Milkweed (Tall Green Milkweed) (Fruits)

These are the fruits of prairie milkweed, or tall green milkweed, Asclepias hirtella. Like those of most other members of the milkweed tribe, the pod (technically, a follicle) contains numerous flattened seeds, each with its own little parachute of silky hairs, which allows them to float away in the breeze.

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Photo of whorled milkweed flowers.

Whorled Milkweed (Horsetail Milkweed) (Flowers)

These are the flowers of whorled milkweed, Asclepias verticillata. The milkweed group, with its distinctive floral structures, is a unique subfamily (or tribe) of the dogbane family. Even if you don’t remember all the terms for the unusual flower parts, it’s easy to learn to recognize the unique look of these flowers at a glance.

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