A flower, also known as a bloom or blossom, is the reprouctive structure found in flowering plants (plants of the division Magnoliophyta, also called angiosperms). The biological function of a flower is to mediate the union of male sperm with female ovum in order to produce seeds. The process begins with pollination, is followed by fertilization, leading to the formation and dispersal of the seeds. For the higher plants, seeds are the next generation, and serve as the primary means by which individuals of a species are dispersed across the landscape. The grouping of flowers on a plant are called the inflorescence.

Trivia about flowers

  • According to Business Rankings Annual, the Netherlands is the top exporter of cut ones of these to Japan
  • In ikebana you don't really “arrange” these, but study them & find their true nature
  • Charles Baudelaire's masterpiece, "Les Fleurs du mal", translates as these "of Evil"
  • The perfume Quelques Fleurs, whose name means "some" these, supposedly has the fragrances of 313 of them
  • In 1989 Ruth M. Owades launched Calyx & Corolla, a mail order company that sells these
  • Anthophobia is a fear of these, but don't let it vase you
  • "Beloved, thou hast brought me many" of these "plucked in the garden, all the summer through"
  • The name of Millefiori glass comes from Italian & Latin & means "1,000" of these
  • Cockneys refer to these as April showers -- makes sense
  • While Mary, Mary was quite contrary, she didn't seem to have antophobia, a fear of these
  • Mimi makes artificial ones in "La boheme"
  • Immortelles are these that retain their color & shape when dried
  • Florence Cathedral, simply called The Duomo, is dedicated to Our Lady of this, which the city's name also recalls
  • The name of millefiori, a decorative glass often used for paperweights, means "glass of a thousand" these