Tiny Flowers – Big Interest – Stunning Plants That Have Little Flowers

The name “tiny” means very small or minute in some languages. These are plants with a petal size less than one millimeter (0.04 inches). They have no leaves, but they do grow from underground roots and produce their own food through photosynthesis.

Some species are poisonous, others are edible and still others are considered beautiful.

1) Tulip Poplar:

Poplars are commonly known as tulips because of their bulbous shape. They’re a popular choice for hanging baskets since they grow to a height of only about two feet. The bulbs are usually white, pink or purple and can reach up to eight inches long. Their stems are often twisted like a spider’s web.

A single poplar leaf may measure just over an inch across.

2) Daisy Flower:

Daisy flowers are also called daisies because of their round shape. They grow to a height of about three inches and have yellow, red or orange colored blooms. The flowers are produced from a single flower bud that measures just under an inch across.

3) Blue Lotus:

Blue lilies are also called blue pansies because of their petals that resemble blue pansies. Each flower grows up to four inches across and has a blue blossom with purple spots. The leaves grow to about 2.5 inches long and have a green underside.

4) Bleeding Heart:

The bleeding heart is also called the naked ladies because of its unusual flowers. Each flower is white or pink and grows about seven inches long. They have no sepals or petals, but instead have just a few colored veins. The stems are green and grow about three inches.

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5) Carnation:

Carnations are also called pinks because of their color. Each flower is pink or red and grows to a length of just over three inches. Carnations often have a white or yellow center that may be shaped like a star or a wheel. The leaves are grass-like in appearance.

6) Gladiolus:

Gladioli are also called sword lilies because of their long and narrow shape. Each flower grows up to a foot long and is orange, yellow or red in color. They have a white center often shaped like a star. The leaves are narrow and green in appearance.

7) Bluebonnet:

Bluebonnets are also called clovers because of their resemblance to the three-leaf clover. Each flower grows about three inches across and is a light blue color. The leaves are green in appearance and often have white spots on them.

8) Indian Paintbrush:

The Indian paintbrush is also called fire brushes because of their red, orange and yellow colors. Each flower grows up to six inches long and is usually shades of red, orange or yellow. They have a white center with red streaks going through it. The leaves are green in color.

9) Morning Glory:

The morning glory is also called the bindweed because of its climbing vine shape. Each flower grows up to six inches long and is white or purple in color. The petals are often edged with either yellow or purple colors. The leaves are narrow and green in color.

10) Pansy:

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Pansies are also called hearts because of their shape. Each flower grows up to three inches across and is multi-colored. The petals are often shaped like a heart. The leaves are green in appearance.

Test Your Knowledge

1)

What color are the petals on a red rose?

A. Red

B. Pink

C. Purple

D. Orange

2)

What color are the petals on a violet?

A. Blue

B. Green

C. Yellow

D. Brown

3) What color are the petals on a snapdragon?

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