Do you know ?

23 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Do you know ?

•    Not all flowers smell good. One of the world's rarest, largest, smelliest, and strangest looking flower is the titan arum, or the corpse flower. It is called the corpse flower because it smells like a rotting dead body. The bloom is over 8 foot tall and 12 feet in circumference. They smell like rotting flesh in order to attract flies, their preferred pollinator.

•    The largest flower in the world is the flower of the Puya raimondii, which has a flower stalk of 35,000 feet tall and bears over 8,000 white flowers.

•    Mimosa punica, or sensitive plant, actually folds up its leaves when it is touched. It has whitish pink fuzzy flowers.

•    The Bird of Paradise is a beautiful, oddly shaped plant that resembles a colorful tropical bird.

•    Snap dragon flowers look like little mouths. If you squeeze the sides of the flower, the mouth will open and it can "eat" things. When you release the sides of the flower, it will close again.

•    Lunaria, or money plant, has purple flowers that turn into silver papery quarter shaped seedpods that can be used as jewelry.

•    False dragonhead or obedient plant has a spike full of flowers that can be bent into position.

•    Hollyhocks are fun flowers for kids. They have large beautiful flowers that can be made into dolls.

•    Carnivorous plants are flowering plants that eat bugs and small animals! For example, the Venus fly trap has leaves covered by little hairs. Other carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants have leaves that form pitchers that are full of digestive fluids.