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Pollinate - Meaning, Definition

Friday, March 11

Praise for the Pollinators

Why should you care about a tiny insect you can barely see? Because insects pollinate the plants that give us food.

Without them, we would go hungry. Literally, besides some of the apparent pollinators like bees, you might be surprised at precisely who is out there pollinating so we can have a nice dinner on the table come six o'clock.

Slugs, of all things pollinate plants. As do, if you can believe it, lemurs. Lemurs? It's true. On the island of Madagascar, they climb forty feet high into traveler's trees, pull open flowers with very tough outsides, stick their faces in and thereby carry the pollen around on their snouts pollinating flowers for the rest of the day. Bird's foot violet, available in our online plant nursery, is often pollinated by skippers, long-tongued bees, and smaller butterflies.

Source of Information on the Importance of Pollinators


Bird's Foot Violet - TN Nursery

Bird's Foot Violet

Birds Foot violet stands out with its distinct five-lobed, bird-like petals in shades of purple, blue, lavender, and occasionally white. Their intricate patterns and subtle markings add a touch of elegance to any garden space. They are charming and visually captivating plants with many pleasing attributes incorporated into landscaping designs. Bird's Foot Violet Provides a Charming Accent to Any Landscape Bird foot violet is a compact plant that usually does not grow to more than 5 inches in height. It spreads out in low clusters of dense leaves and blossoms. This petite shape makes it ideal for gardeners looking for ground cover. Its narrow leaves blend nicely with grass or clover, and it adds a charming pop of color when it blooms. This flower is also a charming addition to features like flowerbeds or tree edging. People often like to use plant around the base of taller flowers or as a border along walkways. Bird Foot Violet Beautiful Blossoms This plant features five-petaled blooms with three larger petals on the bottom and two smaller ones on the top. Typically, it has medium-purple petals with a soft, blue tint. Some variants have a rich, royal purple shade on the top two leaves, while others are such a pale purple that they appear almost white. All variants have a white streak along the center of the lower petal that draws attention to the dark, golden-yellow center of the flower. Bird Foot Violet Attractive Leaves It is named after the distinctive shape of its leaves. This compact plant features small bunches of dark green leaves. Each leaf separates into several narrow, spiky lobes that give it a shape similar to that of a bird's footprint. The leaves fan out in a graceful spray that makes this plant look even more appealing. Enjoying the Seasonal Changes of Bird Foot Violet It is a perennial plant that can provide charm and beauty for most of the year. After staying dormant over the winter, this plant starts to display some bright green leaves in early spring. It then begins blooming in the middle of spring. Blossoms often last for several weeks, and the plant can continue to produce fresh blossoms as long as growing conditions are right. In fall, it often goes through a second round of blooming, so landscapers can enjoy even more beautiful purple flowers.

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