Here are a couple more sources of natural cordage. Milkweed and Common Cattail both can be processed like dogbane, platted or Flemish twisted into a strong usable cordage.
Here are some pictures to help you identify them;
Easily identifiable by the seed pods which are green and filled with a white fluffy seed in the summer these are dead open and winterized.
Fibres are peeled from the split stem the same way the dog bane is. I have found that this cordage is at a decent usable strength, by platting then Flemish twisting the fibres together or by using 6 fibres to create your rope.
Cattails aka bullrush
Easily identified by the sausage on a stick looking seed pod, which is green when the plant is alive. The final stages of this seed pod is where the cattail gets its name. (shown below)
The leaves of the cattail are stronger when green and alive but can still be weaved and platted for lighter duty tasks when dead.
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