Richard Wilbur, 1921-2017, American
Anonymous as cherubs
Over the crib of God,
White seeds are floating
Out of my burst pod.
What power had I
Before I learned to yield?
Shatter me, great wind:
I shall possess the field
Balloonplant, balloon cotton-bush, bishop’s balls, nailhead, swan plant (Gomphocarpus physocarpus), a form of milkweed.
Native to southern Africa, widely naturalized in the Piedmont, eastern United States
Swamp milkweed (Asclepia incarnata), Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware every Summer
The monarch on forms of butterfly weed (Asclepia ). Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware
Milkweed and butterfly weed are critical for the nutrition of the larvae of the monarch and other species of butterfly.