I just want to share this, in case anyone is as fascinated by this as I am:
I find that I notice a lot more since I've started photograhing flowers - I
never noticed before but there is a tiny purple-black flower right in the
center of all those other white flowers that make up a Queen Anne's Lace
flower. From what I've now read, this central flower is sterile and will not
produce seed - it might be there to attract pollinators. My pictures:
(Maybe that was obvious to everyone else, but I find it pretty interesting).
Very interesting Joe. We have lots of Queen Anne's Lace
around here but I have never seen one with a flower that
color. There is a whole field of it not far from me and the
next time I'm out with my camera I'll see if I can find one
No, Bill, he means the little red blossom is IN the single flower. It is
very tiny and off center. You have to look for it. I always wondered about
that too. BTW, they press beautifully and once I received a Christmas card
from Germany with a gold-painted QAL flower that looked like a (gold)
snowflake. I also made Christmas cards one year using them.
Joe, thanks!!! I'd never grown Queen Anne's Lace before and I was wondering
when I saw that the other week when my QAL had begun to open.....but promptly
forgot to look it up. I don't believe that all the flower umbels have this
flower (at least I can't see it) so once pollinators are attracted to the
plants, it must be all they need.
I was also getting kinda thrilled to notice that some of my QAL looked as if it
was going to be the pink sort.....but it opened as white as the rest of the
Thanks again....I was poking at that deep red flower, thinking that perhaps it
was a speck of petal from another plant.
nNJ usa z7wet and wetter
Here's my contribution, not as expertly taken as yours. The one I photographed
seems to have two purple florets and purple on the stems as well although I can't
tell for sure.
Someone posted a picture from another part of the country in the photography
newsgroup and it was the same way. I made mention of it, but no answers.
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