I have milkweed plants because they are essential to the survival of monarch butterflies, and I recently had fun trying to capture images of the seeds. Isn’t this arrangement a great example of beautiful and efficient packaging?
The individual seeds are an engineering marvel, too. The way they float in the air seems magical to me.
If you don’t already have milkweeds in your garden, I hope you’ll plant some this spring. The flowers are beautiful, the seeds are fascinating, and you’ll be helping monarchs. Susan Smith-Durisek recently wrote an excellent article in the Lexington Herald-Leader about the challenges monarchs are facing.
I hope you can join me for Dr. Chip Taylor’s presentation this Wednesday, February 12. He will talk about the status of monarchs, and how we can help.