I love the texture and colors in this flower. This is a common weed found in the road ditches of country roads. Milkweed. It gets it's name because if you pick the flower or break a leaf, a milky looking sticky substance oozes out.
I used to have silica gel that I picked flowers (not just these) and carefully sprinkled the granules over the flowers where they sat for a few days until they were dry.
As a young child, I remember pulling these "weeds". Now that I've seen the flower and learned how to craft with the dried pod. I'm tempted to plant more.