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The common milkweed has the misfortune to have “weed” as part of its name, so it probably doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

Milkweeds grow easily in crop fields, road edges and other disturbed places.

They are the host plant for monarch butterfly caterpillars.

And this time of year their seed pods split open and the seeds are carried away on the wind.

The seeds are lifted by the silky hairs known as the “coma,” and the light, fluffy part of the plant was used by early settlers to stuff pillows and mattresses.

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