Episode 22: Milkweed’s Deadly Side and Goatheads

Milkweed may be a life-giving force for monarch butterflies and countless other insects; but, as it turns out, it can also be dangerous. Deadly even. Daniel describes an unexpected way that milkweed can kill.

honey bee stuck in the flowers of showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

The first annual Boise Goathead Fest is fast approaching. Have you helped reduce Boise’s goathead population by turning in a bag of these menacing plants for a drink token? Casey tells us all about the plant otherwise known as puncture vine, including an “arousing” surprise.

puncture vine (Tribulus terrestris)

See Also: How to Identify Puncture Vine (a.k.a. the Goathead Monster)


This episode aired on Radio Boise in July-August 2018 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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