Lakeside Nature Center
The summer flowers of the common milkweed are a magnet for pollinators of all species -- butterflies, moths and birds. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on all varieties of milkweed.
The large seed pods form in late summer and disperse fluffy seeds that float through the air. It's no wonder that silkweed and wild cotton are some of the common names for this plant.
Even though 'syriaca' means syrian, milkweeds are native to North America.