My Plant Life Lessons – Seeds and Roots

Milkweed seeds

Milkweed Releasing its Seeds

I love taking herbal walks in the winter with my dogs and identify the plants in their dormant phase. I also learn how plants reproduce. For example, the Milkweed reproduces by releasing its seeds, and the Wild Rose reproduces by root sprouts.

I think of a plant releasing its seeds or spreading its roots as intentions of creating more for its life cycle. A plant just lets its seeds go, and its roots spread. It never looks back or checks on them – it does not worry. Then, in the spring, those seeds and roots will grow into a beautiful plant representing where it originated.


Wild Rose In Winter

Wouldn’t it be interesting to live like a plant and release your seeds and spread your roots of intentions, and never look back? Moving on enjoying your life while the earth rotates around the sun. Relax knowing that what is behind you is just that behind you. Free up your mind and enjoy what is now at this moment. Just as a plant knows and trust its seeds will grow, or roots will spread to continue the life cycle. So should we know and trust our intentions will evolve without our worry, over protection, fear, or mistrust in purpose.

Imagine your intentions floating on air like a seed and landing in a new place ready to grow, or a root spreading underground ready to resurface in a new area. Find the quiet within yourself and release what is inside, let it go like the rose* and milkweed* teach us.

“This I know. The only way to live is like the rose, which lives without a why.”  – Meister Eckhart 



Common Milkweed


American Milkweeds are an important nectar source for native bees, wasps, and other nectar-seeking insects, and a larval food source for monarch butterflies and their relatives.



Wild Rose

Wild rose (Rosa species) petals are mildly astringent offering a soothing effect when applied to insect bites or minor injuries. The leaves, bark from the twigs, and root bark contains astringent, nutritive, diuretic and vulnerary properties—to varying degrees. Its rose hips not only taste fantastic they are rich in Vitamin C.

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