The term flower is popularly used to describe the bloom or blossom of a plant. It is the reproductive structure of those plants classified as angiosperms.
The flower structure incorporates the reproductive organs, and its function is to produce seeds through asexual reproduction. Many flowers have evolved over time to attract insects to pollinate the flower. The many combinations of flowers and diversity of flowers are due to insects visiting various plants. Plants that are pollinated by insects are called entomophilous.
Flowers have nectaries which hold a sweet liquid called nectar, which attract various animals and insects. Bees and birds are the most common pollinators.
Their colour and smell play an important role. Flowers also possess nectar guides, visible in ultraviolet light that bees can see.
Flowers and Everyday Life
As humans, we are attracted to the scent of flowers, and have cultivated ways of wearing, buying or being around the smell.
Everyone has a need for flowers, either for special occasions like birthdays or valentines, or for merely expressing their feelings towards someone else.
Symbols Hidden in Flowers
Western Culture has consigned symbolic meanings to many flowers.
Red Roses convey a message of love, passion and beauty and in some cases, lust.
Poppies convey a message of sympathy in the times of death.
Irises symbolize death
Daisies symbolize innocence