(Plate CXLIV.)

Family

Milkweed.

Colour

Purplish pink.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

Mostly northward.

Time of Bloom

June-August.

Flower-clusters: often four and a half inches in diameter. Construction, see A. incarnata, page 76. Pods i two only, which burst open and let fly seeds with beautiful, silky tufts. Leaves: very large; six to eight inches long; opposite, or scattered; oblong; pubescent underneath; glabrous on the upper surface. Stem: tall; coarse; with a milky juice; pubescent.

One of the greatest charms of the wild flowers is that they never have to be bought. The beggar can enjoy the world flushed with myriad, evanescent hues that blend into each other like the delicate splendour of a bird's plumage quite as well as can a monarch on his throne. The only requisite is to have the discriminating eyes that see: see as do the artists.

Barefooted urchins think, undoubtedly, that the common milkweed blows for them, and the pompons they make from its seed pods for their torn straw hats become them extremely well. They slumber sweetly upon the pillows and mattresses that are stuffed with the pappus and laugh at the "city people" for calling the plant "rubber tree." It blooms in the dry fields and all along the waysides and is the most generally known of the family.

Common Milkweed Silkweed Asclepias Syriaca 220