Oct. 3, 2018

Bee magnet hedge funds

Water avens successfully attracts bees, particularly since it often grows with showier flowers.  But what if, after all that, it still isn't pollinated?  These clever little guys have an answer.  Their drooping flowers stretch up and become erect.  Then when the wind or some passing disturbance gives them a shake, their pollen can fall on their anthers.  Then finally, the erect flowers can finish their job by producing aggravating little pointed seed with hooks on the end.  The now taller erect posture helps them grab hold of other partners who carry them along to ultimate success.