Crossing an overgrown field that I frequent often, I spotted this weed, that has the same seed as a milkweed pod. Never saw it in this field before, but it is abundant this year. Anyone know what it is? Thanks. TLM
It's dogbane, a close relative of milkweed--has the same kind of milky sap. It was an important twine-making plant for Native Americans, and when the first Europeans came here they called it hemp, and speculated that it was worth cultivating for rope- and cloth-making...and it probably would have been if not for cotton's rapid rise in this country.
Wow, Great ID by everyone. Fascinating that it makes great cordage. I have been walking through this field for a decade and never saw it before until last week when the seeds were floating on the breeze like milkweed. This stuff makes a great wind indicator too. Going bowhunting by snowshoe tomorrow and will get a picture of the seeds.TLM