The milk weed in my yard is growing large and beautiful this year due to all the rain. I grow them because they’re a host plant for certain types of butterflies, the Monarch being one. A couple of years ago I also read that the milk weed fluff attached to the seed (they are air-borne in fall) was being used for pillow fill. I love that!

The Ogallala Comfort Company offers a nice selection of bedding and pillows filled with a combination of goose down and milk weed clusters. My very organic and eco friendly pick is their “Harvester Pillow Hypodown 700.”
Hypodown 700 is a premium down made of 85% down cluster and 15% feather combined with exclusive Syriaca (milk weed) clusters. They say it’s “the stuff dreams are made of. Some say it’s like being wrapped in warm whipped cream. Others say it’s like sleeping on a cloud. Everyone agrees that Hypodown assures a cozy night’s sleep in lightweight, billowy luxury. Hypodown is ingenious and creative, yet purely natural. It combines two of nature’s most unique fibers to give you a tranquil, restful night’s sleep. Our Hypodown blend is four parts white goose down and one part Syriaca clusters, a fiber from the milkweed plant. The two work hand in hand to give you the best of their natural abilities: warmth and comfort.”

It would be great to see the trend build towards all milk weed down for pillows and comforters, maybe even coats, someday soon. P.S. I do believe I will try to make a mini pin cushion type pillow stuffed with milk weed down in fall this year… I’ll let you know how that works out!

The Harvester pillow is made of unbleached, undyed and chemical-free cotton. Available from soft to firm for $167-$332.

“The milk weed pods are breaking,
And the bits of silken down,
Float off upon the Autumn breeze
Across the meadows brown.”
~ Cecil Cavendish “The Milk Weed”

Photos by Rigel Celeste

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