Who would have thought that the stripes on some flowers are actually runways for bees looking to pollinate. Flowers, like the snapdragon, have natural stripe patterns that direct bees in the right direction for pollination.
Striped flowers help direct bees to pollen as researchers at the John Innes Center in the UK have discovered. Snapdragons feature stripes on their petals that follow the vein of the flowers. It is like a natural flight path for bees. According to scientist, bees were more likely to visit striped and red flowers over any other when looking to do their thing!
Scientist have shown that bees often memorize shapes, scents, colors and designs on flower petals to help them remember where flowers grow during warm seasons. You may want to take this information into mind when planning your spring garden. You have plenty of time to study different flowers besides the snapdragons that have natural stripe patterns making the perfect runways for bees to pollinate.
Pets are an integral part of many households and although sending flowers to family and friends is a wonderful way to express your feelings, take into consideration the furry family members that reside with them.
Pets, especially cats, dogs, and potbelly pigs (yes, they are in a lot of people’s home making a great addition to their households) are nosey creatures. They love to sniff and taste everything, and flowers are definitely no exception. The beautiful colors and the sweet aroma of flowers are a strong attraction on their own to both human and animal alike.
Household with pets take a little bit more thought when sending flowers to ensure that the flowers you are sending won’t bring harm to any family member, furry or not.
Most plants/flowers won’t cause more then an upset tummy if it is ingested by pets but some can cause more serious health problems.
Here are some common pet friendly plants/flowers you can send to pet friendly homes without issue:
- African daisy
- African violet
- Bachelors buttons
- Common Snapdragon
- Easter Daisy
- Peruvian lily
- Brazilian lily
For further listing on plant/flower toxicity for animals check out the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website.