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9-20-13  milkweed-did you know2 022Only two percent of Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, flowers develop into pods, and all the seeds in a pod come from a single flower.

10 responses

  1. Dianne and Ed

    POD…….Do you mean from a single flower shown in bottom right, or from a flower head shown in bottom left?

    BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL photo of the pod………the pod, another of Nature’s miracles:-)

    In Thankfulness for your blog, Dianne

    September 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

    • Hi Dianne,
      Each pod comes from a single flower (bottom right). Pretty amazing that only 2% of all the flowers on a milkweed plant are pollinated and fertilized and pods!

      September 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm

  2. Celeste Hurley

    Fascinating, I,ve been following a plant all summer and never knew this—thanks

    September 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  3. Thank you, Mary. I have wondered about this for a long time! And thank you wor your wonderful blog.

    September 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

  4. Tom Libby

    Goldfinch are eating my swiss chard! It’s ok, ive got plenty.

    September 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

  5. Excellent image and information. Thanks!

    September 21, 2013 at 12:50 am

  6. Amy

    It’s amazing isn’t it? Thanks so much for my morning smile!

    September 21, 2013 at 10:47 am


    Heck! I did not know that!

    Thanks, Judi

    September 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

  8. viola

    For more information on this subject, may I refer readers to “Milkweed Visitors”, by Mary Holland, a photographically illustrated book written for children, and greatly enjoyed by this adult and many others, I’m certain. You will be fascinated by the pictures and what you’ll learn. I reread it each summer. (Milkweed Visitors was published in 2006.)

    As always, best wishes and many thanks to Mary!

    September 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm

  9. Dudley Carlson

    Beautiful photos! And no, i didn’t. I love this blog for just that reason.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:56 am

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