“Why are you pulling that plant up?” My husband asked. I handed the foot-tall plant to him. “It’s...
This leafless branch in the South Texas brush is covered with several species of lichens. The orange cups are the fruiting bodies (spore containers) of one kind of lichen. There are more than 15,000 known species of lichens.
Karen L. P. Benson photo.Milkweeds produce pods like this one. Each pod is full of silk-covered seeds. The dry pod will split open releasing hundreds of the fluffy seeds. The seeds can be carried by the wind for miles to new homes. This is probably how the climbing milkweed got in the Butterfly Garden.