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How and where flowers get their color?

December 11th, 2008

I am amazed at type of questions people can ask. After taking questions from people recently I have realized that there are soo many good questions to ask. This is one of those interesting questions which I guess I never thought about nor cared about. But I will give this one a try. I called my friend to ask him the answer and here is what he had to say about this tricky question.

Where flowers get their color? Well it has to do with how flowers reproduce or make more flowers. In order for flowers to reproduce, they must get pollen from other plants’ flowers in order to help them make seeds. So by making brightly colored folowers, covering them with pollen, and putting some sugar or honey inside the flower, the coax birds, bees and other insects to come and land on the flower. As these animals eat the sugar, some pollen gets on their feet and wings. When they go to another flower on another plant, some of the first plants’ pollen rubs onto the new flower. Thus, flowers have color because it tells insects and birds that there is something attractive “food” for them to come and land on. The flowers benefit from this by getting help in spreading their pollen around. This is what I was told, pretty close.

Thank you Mark (UK) for this amazingly interesting question. Please keep them coming.

  1. Whacko
    December 11th, 2008 at 10:42 | #1

    killer question, i wonder how people come up with such crazy questions.

  2. Gopal
    December 11th, 2008 at 10:43 | #2

    Yer really nice question I never thought of this either.

  3. Ricky
    December 11th, 2008 at 10:43 | #3

    They have pigments in their petals..

  4. Rob
    December 11th, 2008 at 10:44 | #4

    it is the pollen i know

  5. Julie
    December 11th, 2008 at 10:44 | #5

    does this answer the question why flowers have colors?

  6. Dr K
    December 11th, 2008 at 10:45 | #6

    an interesting question keep it up.

  7. Ron
    December 11th, 2008 at 10:45 | #7

    wooooaa totally ownage question.

  8. Paul
    December 11th, 2008 at 10:46 | #8

    take my word and start a question of the week thing

  9. Benny
    December 11th, 2008 at 13:56 | #9

    me never think of such crazy question the guy who sent this must have lots of time to think.

  10. Junkie
    December 11th, 2008 at 13:56 | #10

    way to go guy, ask questions like this and people will be all WTH..

  11. Deomier
    December 11th, 2008 at 13:57 | #11

    now this is the type of question i would love to discuss in my class with my teacher.

  12. Ranchy
    December 11th, 2008 at 13:57 | #12

    dude wth, this is stupid question…

  13. WaronYou
    December 11th, 2008 at 13:58 | #13

    :) thank you Stumblerz

  14. PushitHard
    December 11th, 2008 at 13:59 | #14

    good one baby something to talk about this weekend…

  15. Chloe Kennedy
    March 27th, 2009 at 07:30 | #15

    Flowers get their colour depending on the type of soil. Whether it is acidic or alkaline.

  16. May 12th, 2009 at 17:51 | #16

    I agree with Julie. How does this answer the question “How and where flowers get their color?”. Your answer describes why, but not how or where. Now I have to go find more info for my stupid science homework. GRRRRRRRR on science.

  17. May 18th, 2010 at 18:45 | #17

    hahA i gUesS yEw gUyS aRe All lIkE dAt…..(pOiNtLeSs pEoPle WiTh no rEaSoNS….. :)

  18. May 18th, 2010 at 18:50 | #18

    hAhA yEa

    Bob Shalcoughaloughaski :I agree with Julie. How does this answer the question “How and where flowers get their color?”. Your answer describes why, but not how or where. Now I have to go find more info for my stupid science homework. GRRRRRRRR on science.

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