Sep. 17, 2018

plume poppy, Macleaya cordata

Iceland poppies, bleeding hearts, and this plume poppy. All those and more in the poppy family. Biologically speaking, the variation of flowers happens over remarkably short time, and the variations seem endless. Whether one believes in divine intervention, natural selection, or now horticulture, it has to inspire. How can one not be deeply reverent. Plume poppies have petals, but don't seem to want them. As soon as a flower opens, the petals fall, allowing the wind to do the pollination. Perhaps an easier pollination syndrome to adopt, than changing from a poppy to a bleeding heart or corydalis with lobes and tubes to attract puzzle solvers. It's all amazing and awesome even if plume poppies don't really look like much to us. Perhaps ironically, they appear here today through a process of random selection of images. They have now been reported wild in AL, AR, CT, DE, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV, ON, and QC. Beal Gardens, MSU, 7/27/11.