Going to Seed

It is becoming time for plants to shed.  The many thistles in the area around the river are browning up and starting to break apart.  I have seen a few milkweed pods opened but they seem premature, as if bugs or other critters have had a gnaw at them.  This Common Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus) is an invasive plant – to a yardener, it would be a really annoying 2 foot dandelion – but it’s bushy white seeds are pretty while they still hold together.  The leaves of the plant are apparently used in Chinese cooking.

Common sow thistle, also known as hare’s thistle (because the rabbits like to nosh on it), starts as a yellow weed.

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