You may see a mess, but but birds see this.
Seeds! Food, glorious food!
Maybe they haven’t gotten around to picking them out, but they will if you let the flower stalks stand.
It’s fall, and plants are doing what they do…
And idea what this is from?
Post your guesses in the comments and I’ll check back later!
These are the seedpods of a common wildflower that grows throughout North America. After we did some research, we squirrels can guess why you humans might avoid this rather invasive plant–its scientific name, Apocynum, means ‘Away dog’! Indian Hemp or Dogbane, Apocynum cannabinum, is poisonous to dogs and livestock if ingested. We squirrels are staying away from it and suggest you humans do the same.
The leaves are opposite and simple little lobes, the flowers are whitish-green (not the purple flowers in the background!) and attract butterflies in late summer. We thought we might have photos of the tiny blossoms, but we don’t so perhaps you’d like to see them on this Primitive Ways website, which also shows how you can gather the stalks and make cord from them.
Here’s a close up of part of a native plant.
That’s the only hint I’m giving for this week’s mystery!
See you later!
Does this help any?
Our close up is the seeds of a Common Milkweed, lined up in their pod before the wind and weather have lifted them by the fluff and blown them to a new growing location.
Monarch butterflies and other insects are lucky enough to have stands of milkweed on the Reston National Golf Course and many other open space meadows in Reston.
Long time no see! We are on our winter break, but because Northern Virginia has seen little snow so far, I want to poke this in for a substitute.
What is it?
Give me your guesses and I’ll check back later.
I don’t suppose this one is too much of a mystery since we featured Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, several times this summer. See the posts here and here. These are the seeds, now escaping from their pods, dry and fluffing out.
It’s just such a great native plant!
This stand of the wildflowers gone to seed was along a suburban street near us–lots of sun and in a place humans can easily see it. Street flowers.
Hope your fall to winter transition is going well!
Today’s mystery is small, red and yummy!
Give me your guesses!
Oops, a little late with your answer. Busy time of the year for squirrels, you know!
Here’s a hint of where they are found before they hit the ground:
These are red seeds from Southern Magnolia , and we squirrels find them delicious. Not that we’d recommend them for you humans, but some mammals and birds, like turkeys do eat them as the ripen in the fall.
They are a little hard to find among those large leaves that are also falling.
Hey there, time to look up some more! Any ideas what these things are at the tips of this tree’s branches?
I’ll be back later for guesses and answers.
This is a Tulip Tree or Yellow Poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera, and believe it or not, those are parts of the seed pods that are still hanging on after all these months. Check out the ground beneath.
Back on July 21, we showed the seedpods forming. By August they had dried and started falling.