Saturday, April 18, 2015

Flower for the Day Virginia Bluebells 4-18

These bluebells appeared in the wildflower garden. It is Mertensia virginica and is also called Virginia cowslip, lungwort oysterleaf, and Roanoke bells.

It flowers with five petals fused into a tube, five stamens,  and a central pistil. You may remember that the stamen is the male fertilizing organ of the flower consisting of a pollen containing anther and a filament. The pistil includes the female organs of the flower comprising the stigma, style and ovary.

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