Petals are varied in texture, size and of course color! Their purpose is to “guide” pollinators to the stamens and pistals where nectar sources are found and of course pollination occurs as a result of harvesting these rich sugary carbohydrates. The yellow radiant petals of the sunflower actually point to the center of the flower and is a great source as was discussed in the previous posting for butterfly access and pollination. The pink petals of this Dahlia are twisted and convoluted in a mass of color and texture. Expect to see small beetles, true bugs and other flying insects to pollinate this flower. Petal power rules for directing insect traffic right to the center of the flower for food sources! Thanks for checking in and I’ll be seeing you around the garden!
Photo credit: Mike Brown