Wednesday, June 15, 2011

How the Blood Flower propogates

A while back I had written a bit about the propogation of the blood flower. Recently I was able to photograph the growth of the pods and the dispersal of the seeds.

But first, another look at the beautiful buds and flowers.
















First came the green pods

















Then they turned brown and split open, revealing the seeds within.
















I dont know how the white cotton like substance appears, but it does soon after, and starts blowing with the wind, taking the seeds with it.




















The branch (and the surrounding area) is soon enough covered with the wispy wind blown seed carrier. The seeds are carried far and wide, and new life starts!


2 comments:

College Gardener said...

I love the North American cousins of these plants that are hardy around here. Just yesterday I planted specimens of two of them, Asclepias incarnata and Asclepias tuberosa, with purple-reddish and orange flowers, respectively.

Anita Kumar said...

What pretty flowers! You've captured the cotton wisps so well.