Photo Pearl Beerhorst
I find dry milkweed pods irresistible in the fall. The odd shape of the seed pod and its bumpy exterior skin is so fun to break into when I am taking a walk through the neighborhood. I just love the soft silky feeling of the seeds between my fingers. I like to see them sail off into the air like paratroopers looking for a place to land and plant the next milkweed take over.
We were taught to make cordage from swamp milkweed. Using the dried out stems and breaking them up under your shoe you can then separate the long tough fibers which are then twisted back and forth to make a sort of primitive twine that is nearly unbreakable. It is very beautiful as well with it's variegated golden brown tones. I have read that the soft white seed I like to blow into the wind makes an excellent substitute for goose down in pillows, quilts, and jackets. And let us not forget the beautiful Monarch butterfly who will only lay her egg on a milkweed plant and no other.
My guess is there are might be a few milkweed pods waiting to be broken open not far from your front door.