1/4 â 1/2 cup of water to thin the batter out to the desired consistency. Consult with a doctor before administering. Dropping âweed,â however, is out of the question, as there is always a risk the dairy industry may register the word âmilkâ as an exclusive trademark. These Quebec initiatives have prompted many farmers here to actually grow milkweed as a main crop. Good for all and Monarchs, Submitted by Carole Barrett on July 11, 2019 - 10:01pm. Then use the fluff in dry grass to hold the glowing ember and blow gently! Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is the best known of the 100 or so milkweed species native to North America. I live in North CA and haven't seen a Monarch butterfly in many years. Utensils: Some Native Americans used mature, dried milkweed pod halves as spoons. Use your fingers to pull out the white silk and immature seeds. The chopped up pods provide a bit of crunch, and the âcheeseâ gives the suggestion of a rich dish, â¦ It turns out that while patches of milkweed thrive on roadsides and in meadows, when it is grown on a large scale as a monoculture, disease becomes a problem. Milkweed is indeed a magical plant. Submitted by Dina Williams on August 17, 2017 - 1:35pm, Live in east meadow,long island have tons of milkweed monarchs lay eggs every year we raise and release the butterflies, Submitted by Mary Ponder on August 15, 2017 - 12:55am. But donât stop with winter inspired decorations. we had a large garden of milkweed but it went away what can I do to try to replant are seed available? Since 2011 here in Quebec, Francois Simard has explored using milkweed as insulating material to replace down in winter wear. This is perhaps the most unique food product that comes from the milkweed plant. Enjoy! Photo: Nick Tenney/Courtesy of May West Pods. Also try contacting your local Cooperative Extension service, as they may be able to suggest a local seed source. Research done in Illinois and Washington State found a silver lining: milkweed seed toxicity makes it valuable as a pesticide against fall armyworms and certain nematodes which can devastate alfalfa, soybeans, potatoes and many other crops. The silky floss is already in use in the textile industry. As an added plus, it appeals to consumers who donât want goods made with animal products. Then.... the seeds!!! Save some milkweed pods to craft into beautiful dahlias, birds, butterflies, fairies and more. We just took them so "for granted" when I was a kid. Although at current prices it is not profitable to extract oil from milkweed, that could easily change in the future. Spray it on your plants to kill bugs that you are competing with for your food? Milkweed has a history of medicinal use, but be aware that the leaves and the milk-like substance within are poisonousit's this milky residue consumed by monarch butterflies that makes them bitter and repulsive to predators. Description Medicinal Parts. Submitted by Natalie Gagnon on October 4, 2017 - 12:07pm. This has led to a 90% decline in the number of eastern monarchs in a just single decade. This year we arrived to find the tops bitten (cut or whatever) off all the plants. His prototypes have been tested on Mt. Remove the pods from the plants and allow them to dry as needed. The holiday tree has been finished with sparkle paint and red berries. Put the interesting seedpods to work, crafting them into last-minute gifts or winter decorations. Itâs also 10% warmer, 20% more durable and 50% more breathable than down. However, you can use any cheese. Find out about other helpful natural remedies. According to the founder and CEO of Natural Fibers Corporation, one of his marketing obstacles is that âweedâ is half of the plantâs name. The residue, which is 20% protein, can be used as animal feed. We found 8 snails, thought it was amazing to see the white sap drip out and bubble when we tried to open the pods. Young pods make fun pickles. Thank you for the article - I hope others can grow milkweed & find it useful. Milkweed can easily be confused with other similar looking plants like dogbane. The silky floss is already in use in the textile industry. By feeding almost exclusively on milkweed leaves, they are able to accumulate enough of the poison in their bodies to make them distasteful to predators which means that milkweed is a. Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients in Common Milkweed. But modern research is what has landed our native, latex-bearing âweedâ on the economic map. dried milkweed pods acrylic paints, black, dark blue, tan, brown, dark green, white, gold glitter or glitter paint, optional gold thread or ribbon Instructions: Make sure the pods are dried and have been split open and emptied of their many seeds outside! The great milkweed migration is on. A few Monarchs have visited during the summer much to our delight!! Not all milkweed pods will produce viable seeds for a bountiful harvest in spring so you need to be careful which to pick. The flowers are also quite fragrant, and gardeners specializing in native species often grow milkweed. Inside milkweed’s rough seed pods is another wonderful surprise: The fluffy white floss, attached to milkweed’s flat brown seeds, could be used to stuff pillows, mattresses, and quilts, and was carried as tinder to start fires. Submitted by The Editors on November 8, 2018 - 2:43pm. An increased use of agricultural herbicides, along with continued urban sprawl, have resulted in less milkweed. After the undulating clouds of blackbird flocks have left the scene, and the broad chevrons of geese have mostly disappeared over the horizon, another momentous fall event begins. It was found that a pound and three-quarters of milkweed floss could keep a â¦ In the case of skin cancer medicine, the common name “milkweed” refers to the plant Euphorbia peplus, which is in a different plant family (Euphorbiaceae) from the common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca (Apocynaceae). So after you harvest the seeds save the crescents in a jar for starting fires. Milkweed plant is potentially poisonous. They are delicious with cheese and bread crumbs. Follow the New York Almanack each day via E-mail, RSS, Twitter or Facebook updates. Now that you have a good background on milkweed, please feel free to browse our listing of available milkweed seeds. One of the byproducts of floss production is milkweed seed, which is canât be fed to livestock because it is poisonous to them. When I mentioned the idea to our neighbor (to promote monarch butterflies), he informed me that the plant is deadly poisonous to cattle, and he would prefer that I NOT plant any, since it could easily spread to his field and be eaten by his cattle! Larger milkweed pods up to 4 inches are the best for stuffing. The plant in your garden is likely Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)! Plus, milkweed is the food of our beautiful monarch butterflies. The information you received was passed down from a misidentified dogbane by Euell Gibbons back in 1962 and apparently that information “stuck”. The nectar in all milkweed flowers provides valuable food for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Bald eagles back from the brink of extinction by limiting use of DDT so it’s possible to make a difference. I have noticed the young deer eat flowers from milkweed. The Agricultural Research Service, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture, has found a number of important new uses for milkweed. Yes, you can find milkweed seeds for sale online from both nurseries and butterfly conservation societies. It has been used to stuff quilts, pillows and mattresses and as a kindling to start fire. However, certain butterflies are happy about the white parachutes of autumn. Many farmers and gardeners are not impressed by such a performance, as milkweed can be a real nuisance in some crops. We've had what we thought was milkweed growing wild for decades (and Monarchs visiting) in the central Adirondacks. So now I have planted milkweed in our flower gardens and the plants have been multiplying each year. Caution: Do not get milkweed sap in your eyes (such as rubbing your eyes after touching the sap); wash your hands thoroughly after handling the plant. Furthermore, it is hydrophobic. 1/2 flour. Kat, Submitted by Eric Haupt on September 10, 2017 - 3:11pm. Submitted by Patrick O'Brien on September 14, 2017 - 12:24am. This is not a particularly attractive plant, but in addition to its value in attracting butterflies, the seed pods can be used in dried flower arrangements. E. peplus is more closely related to the castor bean (Ricinus communis), and is also known as “petty spurge” or “radium weed.” The sap of E. peplus has been a traditional treatment for various skin lesions, including cancer. All readily available sources that we could find claim that milkweed is indeed mildly toxic to livestock and humans due to the presence of cardenolides. Submitted by The Editors on October 3, 2018 - 5:09pm. Not only is it a perennial, it spreads quite effectively through its robust root system in addition to its migratory seeds. They use a grain tumbler (a.k.a. Milkweed made material is used as upholstery padding and insulation material. Submitted by The Editors on September 28, 2017 - 9:49am. (See note below.). The best time to gather milkweed pods is late summer (from early August to early September around here). Step 2: Open milkweed seed pod. Please note that the sap of this plant is toxic and can burn tissue: Keep it away from eyes and healthy skin and do not take internally. Milkweed floss is used in such water-safety equipment as life jackets and belts. Submitted by Paula Ward on July 13, 2018 - 12:27pm. The Agricultural Research Service, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture, has found a number of important new uses for milkweed. I have had many many monarch caterpillars on another plant, not sure of scientific name but a common name is butterfly bush, with orange flowers. Though monarch butterflies are thriving in many parts of the world, this is not the case with North American monarchs. A young milkweed seed pod, at the perfect stage for making âmilkweed cheese.â Honestly, I think the âokraâ and âcheeseâ preparations actually go really well together. And monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. In one trial, ground milkweed seed, tilled into the soil, killed 97% of destructive nematodes. Using a large amount of oil, or frying them up with other starchy vegetables like potatoes could make them sit in your stomach like a lead brick. Submitted by KaetyJ on July 9, 2018 - 6:00pm. Recently, monarch populations on this continent have declined sharply, due in large part to habitat loss in Mexico, where they overwinter, but also because of milkweed scarcity. Seed pods have a smooth exterior texture (unlike common milkweed) and ripen in fall to reveal small seeds with white silk attachments common to all milkweeds. Over the years, researchers have investigated growing milkweed for paper-making, textiles, and lubricants, and as a substitute for fossil fuels and rubber. The cause isn’t clear but loss and modification of its habitat and pesticide use across the West, where monarchs breed, are likely culprits. Companies like the Natural Fibers Corporation of Ogallala, Nebraska use it in comforters and down jackets. Submitted by Cyndy Franz on August 18, 2017 - 2:10pm. Use them to decorate a holiday wreath. Here are several usesâ¦ Seedpod floss is â¦ I discovered two years ago that milkweed was the Monarch butterfly best friend. Submitted by Pat on June 13, 2020 - 8:53am. Milkweed pods are excellent in stew, stir-fry, or eaten as a vegetable side dish. Unprocessed milkweed floss. A bowl of milkweed pods measuring between 1 and 1 3/4 inches. Any one have any ideas? The medicinal parts are the rhizome with roots. The flowers are reddish-purple. Submitted by Phyllis on September 4, 2017 - 5:00pm. By late summer, milkweed pods are bursting with mature seeds affixed to bundles of platinum floss that lie damp and orderly, waiting for autumn emancipation. Crush it to provide more surface area to catch a spark. Submitted by lorraine on May 28, 2020 - 9:47am. The name “common” fits the plant well because when not in bloom, it goes pretty much unnoticed, growing humbly along roadsides, in fields, and in wastelands. The floss harvested from two bags of milkweed pods would fill one life jacket. Submitted by C. Russell on June 13, 2020 - 1:18pm. Six Mile School, in the northeast corner of Normal Township, collected a county high 110 sacks of milkweed pods. Submitted by Pat on October 9, 2018 - 2:32pm. Filed Under: Adirondacks & NNY, Capital-Saratoga, Hudson Valley - Catskills, Mohawk Valley, Nature, New York City, Western NY Tagged With: agriculture, Native Plants, nature, Wildlife, Your email address will not be published. Hopefully that will increase the plants. Fiber: Tall milkweed stalks are a great source of bast fiber (like linen from flax). The wind teases this material from the dry-docked pod halves, launching countless puffy, seed-bearing paratroopers to the wind. Today, itâs grown commercially and used as a hypoallergenic filling for pillows and winter coat insulation. We are always happy to share the seed pods in the fall, too. Although these experiments were found economically unfeasible at the time, perhaps they should be revisited, given the rising costs of fuel and other materials. Line with fabric and add a small figurine. Even though they are said to not be sprayed with a poison, the suppliers the nurseries are getting the plants from apparently DO spray them. South Central Indiana: I was interested in growing milkweed in our backyard, which borders a local farmer's field. Names of Common Milkweed in various languages of the world are also given. 1 Tbsp sumac powder. As with any herb, take only a small amount at first, to be sure that you don’t have an adverse reaction. Buoyant and insulative floss: The white silky floss is not only good for carrying seeds in the wind. How Common Milkweed is effective for various diseases is listed in repertory format. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Attached to the milkweed seed pods is a fluffy, white material similar to cotton balls. The stems’ tough, stringy fibers were twisted into strong twine and rope, or woven into coarse fabric. (Just passing along the information in the interest of keeping peaceful relations with neighbors who raise cattle!) Infusions of the roots and leaves were taken to suppress coughs and used to treat typhus fever and asthma. With a pretty ribbon or bow, these pods will add a beautiful touch to your natural Christmas tree. Milkweed feathers are sometimes used to clean up pollution created when oil corporations spill oil into waterways. This quality is being explored as systems to clean up oil spills as milkweed silk absorbs oil readily. They are great for making Christmas ornaments, crafts, and arrangements. Photo by Lmmahood/Wikimedia Commons. I have seen some articles on milkweed sap used on skin cancer but haven't seen any mention of this on your site . Funding from the United States Department of Energy enabled a private Utah-based research firm called Native Plants (subsequently financed by an oil company) to start investigating latex as a source of crude oil. It's much better than the fluff. I had a horse with warts on her face and it would be irritating when a bridle applied. Learn About Milkweed—an Important Native Plant! Submitted by Denise Tornick on July 11, 2019 - 11:37am. Iâve â¦ It can float in water 30 times much than its own weight. Thank you for your feedback! The Ohio Department of Transportation is helping to collect milkweed seed pods, with the idea of creating more wildlife habitat in a bid to help Submitted by Jeff State on July 13, 2018 - 5:23pm. It is light and efficient. Submitted by Chris Maryinuk on September 2, 2020 - 1:35pm. Often considered weeds, common milkweed is making a comeback as more gardeners are growing this important food source for monarch butterflies. From a distance, Joe Pye weed may be mistaken in late summer for swamp milkweed (see description below). Submitted by The Editors on September 12, 2017 - 12:03pm. Even though I am in Arizona, I enjoy numerous monarch butterflies in the fall and have used them to teach conservation to children. Here are a few: However, if you could provide a link to sources stating otherwise, we would be happy to read more about it! 2 Tbsp chia seeds. The holiday tree has been finished with sparkle paint and red berries. 1 tsp chili powder. A Master Thief, Irish Hostess, English Duchess, and the Origins Pan Am, Mame Fay: Stories From Troy’s Red Light District, Trees, Knees, and Other Deep-Freeze Creaks, Catskills Resorts: The Beginning of the End, House of Hanfstaengl: Munich and Manhattan. Your email address will not be published. I grow milkweed on my property and sell the seeds. The fact that milkweed sap, or latex, is rich in hydrocarbons has been known for decades. Very useful information in identifying our surroundings. Maybe?? I remember seeing so many of the orange and black butterflies at that time, too, but it wasn't until many years later that I realized it was the Monarch that we were seeing and that they were in decline. At our house, we eat the smallest pods whole, but we pull the silk out of the larger (but still immature) pods. Someone thought they needed the seeds more than you? For example: In the 1980s, 10 million monarchs spent the winter in coastal California. The common milkweed plant is the easiest to grow.