Milkweed and Monarch Butterfly

Milkweed Seeds

Perhaps you have seen milkweed seeds in the fall.

Did you ever see a puffy, white sphere floating through the air? Underneath you might have seen a hard, brown, flat seed.

You saw the big, green pods growing on a plant. In the fall, the pods gradually turn brown. They split open and the wind carries the seeds to a new location.

I collected some of these seeds. I planted them in my milkweed plant beds in the fall.

In the northern United States, milkweed seeds need a period of cold in order to germinate. This is called stratification. That is why you should plant the seeds in the earth, in the fall.

As an alternative, you could keep the seeds in a refrigerator for a few months.

Fluffy white fibers

Some people call those soft, white fibers - silk.

It is also called coma.


orange bullet Collecting Data activity

orange bullet Measuring Milkweed project

orange bullet Milkweed Symmetry

milkweed pods opencloseup

Click on the pods for a closer view


white butterflyweed pod

Dried white milkweed pod that has split open.
Seeds and silk fibers are showing.


orange bullet 2. How many caterpillars do you see on this
white butterfly weed plant?


green arrow pointing right Next page

Milkweed & Monarch Butterfly main page

Fields, Meadows & Fencerows EcoStudy Unit

Milkweed plant with 3 caterpillars

Multiple Monarch caterpillars on a Milkweed

ivy rule

 Internet Hunts / Nature / Plants and People / Meadows and Fields / Lentic or Lotic / Water studies / Puzzles & Projects / Home
All trademarks, copyright and logos belong to their respective owners.
©2003 Cynthia J. O'Hora All rights reserved.
UTD 5/2018