Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Milkweed Seed Pods

Last week I did a little cleaning in the garden - we've had so few days when the weather has been bearable outside. These are two seed pods on a milkweed plant that have survived partially intact.
A milkweed seed floats in air and on water because it is attached to filaments called floss. The seed's floss is so buoyant that it was used in US naval life preservers during World War II.
There are hundreds of seed in these two pods.