Flowers

Find out everything there is to know about flowers and stay updated on the latest plant news with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and flower images at LiveScience.com. Learn more about these fascinating plants as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about flowers.
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Crystal 'Flowers' Bloom in Harvard Nanotech Lab
Crystal flowers
May 18th, 2013
These microscopic 'flowers' were sculpted from crystals using carefully controlled chemical reactions.
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What We Really Want for Valentine's Day
Lovers just aren't on the same page this time around the block
January 29th, 2013
Lovers just aren't on the same page when it comes to Valentine's Day gift giving this year.
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Rare Blue Flowers Reveal How Petals Get Their Color
Blue petunia
January 2nd, 2014
Unusual blue petunias reveal a molecular trick that plants use to create vibrantly colored petals. The finding might open the door for all sorts of new flower hues.
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How Flower Petals Get Their Shape
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April 30th, 2013
The results of the study explain why leaves are pointy and flower petals have more rounded ends.
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What's the Origin of Valentine's Day?
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January 23rd, 2013
Valentine's Day has its roots in ancient Rome. Sweetheart cards, conversation hearts, and flowers also have dated origins. Life's Little Mysteries explains the holiday's ancient roots.
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Accidental Gardeners: Birds Cultivate Pretty Plants
A bowerbird in his bower surrounded by green fruit.
April 23rd, 2012
Bowerbirds surround their nest structures with flowers.
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Ancient Roots: Flowers May Have Existed When First Dinosaur Was Born
an artist's illustration of a Nyasasaurus, considered the oldest known dinosaur, from the Middle Triassic of Tanzania.
October 1st, 2013
Scientists have unearthed ancient pollen grains with microscopic features typically seen in flowering plants. These well-preserved fossils are 245 million years old, dating back to the earliest known dinosaur in the Middle Triassic period.
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Bees Get a Buzz from Flowers' Electrical Fields
February 22nd, 2013
The bees know whether a flower has nectar or not.
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