33 Fun Flower Facts for Kids
It’s the perfect time of year to start sharing these fun flower facts for kids!
When the weather starts getting warmer, nature comes back to life. Everyone loves to see the little green sprouts popping out of the ground after months of cold. The colors are a nice change of scenery after months of white snow or brown, crunchy grass.
Depending on where you live and what you decide to plant, the flowers that start popping up out of the ground will be different.
There are over 400,000 types of flowering plants all over the world, so what grows in your backyard could be different from many people that you know.
Flowers are extremely complex! They may seem like a pretty, simple plant, but there is a lot going on above and below the ground.
If you are looking for an easy and simple introduction into the wide world of flowers, look below and enjoy these fun flower facts for kids.
Fun Flower Facts for Kids
Sharing these interesting facts is a great way to start your lessons or activities about flowers.
If kids show an interest in planting flowers, you can keep the learning fun with these facts about flowers.
- The official name for a flower is a flowering plant or angiosperm.
- Titan arum or corpse flower is a flower that smells like rotting meat.
- Imperfect flowers are flowers that do not have both female and male portions. These flowers cannot pollinate themselves and need help from other flowers and pollinators!
- Each sunflower can have up to 2,000 sunflower seeds.
- The scientific name for the sunflower is helianthus annuus. It is also the Kansas state flower.
- Small animals and large animals can help pollinate flowers
- Saffron is an expensive spice. It grows in a flower called saffron crocus flower. It only blooms for six weeks each year.
- Flower blooms are called blossoms or the flower head.
- Wild flowers are flowers that grow naturally in the environment. They do not need any help from people!
- The largest flower in the world is called Rafflesia arnoldii.
- There are over 32,000 types of flowers or flowering plants grown in North America
- Wolffia flower is the smallest flower in the world.
- Snowdrop flowers, peonies, and coneflowers grow best in some of the coldest places.
- Gas plants are flowers that produce an extremely flammable oil! On very hot days these plants could suddenly burst into flames!
- If a flower is not harmful to humans, you can drink the flower nectar.
- Some plants are called carnivorous plants! The Venus fly trap is one of them. They get their nutrition from eating animals or insects.
Important Roles of a Flower
When teaching about flowers, we usually focus on the process of growing and the different parts of a flower. But, what about teaching kids the role of flowers?
Below are some important facts to help kids understand what role a flower plays in our ecosystem.
- Flowers rely on bees, hummingbirds, and other animals for pollination and survival. However, those animals and many others depend on flowers for their own nutrition. Flowers need bees and bees need flowers. Humans depend on bees for the majority of what we see in the produce section at the grocery store!
- Studies have shown that flowers can have an effect on happiness! They help people feel connected, kind, and can elevate someone’s mood.
- Giving flowers on special occasions started a very long time ago! Ancient Greeks would bring flowers to temples as offerings.
- The food that humans and animals eat comes from plants that also make flowers. Many of the vegetables and fruits that we eat everyday are grown by angiosperms and flowering plants. Many of the grains that we eat come from flowers and flowering plants as well.
- Flowers help improve the quality of the air that we breathe. Plants produce the majority of the oxygen in our atmosphere – flowers included! They also absorb a lot of carbon dioxide. Humans need to breathe oxygen and do not want to breathe in very much carbon dioxide. So, flowers produce the oxygen that we need and remove the carbon dioxide that we do not! They are amazing! Studies done on the environment say that the more plants there are in a city, the better the air quality is.
- Some say that flowers can even help filter the air in a room! Some types of flowers like lilies and gerberas produce a large amount of oxygen. This can help us breathe a little better!
- Flowers help clean and filter our soil and water. The roots of certain flowers and plants that live in or near water can absorb toxic chemicals and metals in the water. Sunflowers are very good at absorbing toxic chemicals from the soil. In places where radiation is high, sunflowers are often planted to absorb harmful chemicals and help clean the environment!
Parts of a Flower
The structure of a flower is complex, but here are the most important and main parts. There are some small, very specific structures not listed that could be added if you want to go in to more detail. The parts listed below cover the main structure of the flower that we are able to see and the most important parts involved in pollination.
The peduncle is the stalk of a flower. Most of us call it a stem!
The receptacle is the part of the flower where the stem or peduncle meets the petals!
The sepal is the outer portion of the blossom that surrounds the petals. They are green and look like leaves!
The petals are the pretty, colored blossom of a plant that we love to look at! Petals attract pollinators like butterflies and bees!
The stamen is the part that will produce pollen and pollen grains. A flower’s sperm cells are inside of pollen!
The stigma is the tip of the pistil. It is sticky, helps with the transfer of pollen, and holds pollen. It helps begin fertilization.
The pistil is the female part of the flower and a reproductive part of the plant. It produces ovules. The ovules produce seeds!
The ovary is the bottom part of the pistil that makes the ovules and then the ovules make seeds and egg cells!
Popular Types of Flowers
While most of these are plants you have probably seen, some may be new plants to you and your students! Some of these, like marigolds and sunflowers, are great to grow as a classroom plant.
Let’s take a look at the different flowers below.
- Gerbera Daisies
Easy Flower Sentences
This section has simple, easy to read, sentences about plants and flowers. They are the sentences included in the Flowers Building Sentences printable resource.
- A flower has a green stem.
- We can plant the seed.
- I see the flower pot.
- I like red and yellow flowers.
- The plant has two leaves.
- Put the seed in the soil.
- Do you see the roots?
- I will water my flower.
- The flower needs sun.
- Look at the three big flowers.
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