Thursday, April 22, 2010


The dogwoods (various Cornus species) have been blooming lately.
I love them!

Botanical factoids:
Dogwoods have 4 large bracts - special leaves at the base of a flower or group of flowers - that happen to be brightly colored and look like petals.
At the center of the 4 bracts - where we would expect to see stamens and pistils if the bracts had been petals- is a group of small, non-showy flowers.
...pretty cool :)

1 comment:

Kate said...

That is cool! I love Dogwoods! There are so many here in DC.

Happy Spring!