Our flowers have genes?

Showy Lady Slipper

The garden has now moved past the early spring flowers. Those flowers are long gone and there are large green leaves and new flowers everywhere. This new group of flowers have characteristics that tell them to bloom in late May to the middle of June.

Earlier this spring we talked about characteristics. Each plant has different characteristic that make that plant special. Their characteristics are part of the plants secret code.   This secret code is found in the plant’s genes (not blue jeans).

All living things have small parts we can not see with our eyes that are called cells.  In these cells are the genes that are the secret message that tells the plant or living thing what it will look like, and what it needs to grow. These characteristics might be the color, where it likes to grow, the size of the plant, or the time of the year that its flowers will bloom and much more.

Characteristics are different in each plant.  Let’s look at some of the early summer plants. Use your science journal and see if you can write down different characteristics of the early summer plants.   How are they the same and how are they different?

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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