Why do plants have flowers?

Flowers are the reproductive parts of flowering plants.  They make seeds that become new plants.

Do you hurry by flowers or do you step and wonder why these fragrant, brightly colored things grow on plants?


Flowers are an important  part of a plant because they pass on life to future plant generations by making seeds.

The chief seed-making parts of a flower, or blossom, are the stamens, which produce dusty yellow grains  called pollen, and the pistil, which makes the seeds when the pollen is brought to it by the wind or insects.

Inside the pistil are the tiny beginning of seeds called ovules.  When a grain of pollen from the blossom on the pistil of the same kind of blossom, an ovule is fertilized and is able to become a seed.

The transfer of pollen grains from stamens to pistil is called pollination.  Once the ovules are fertilized, the blossom withers and falls  off  the plant, leaving the growing seeds behind in a seedcase that matures into a fruit or seed pod. – Dick Rogers


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