Attracting pollinators is key
As far as flowering plants go, pollination is absolutely critical to the health of current and future generations. Pollination among plants allows for the creation of seeds, larger fruit, and increases genetic diversity, leading to a greater resistance to environmental stressors. In order to achieve the most efficient pollination possible, some plants have developed close relationships with specific animals. Agave plants produce flowers on tall stalks to lure in bats while fig trees rely on highly specialized wasps for pollination. The native bottle gentian, preferring bumble and carpenter bees over all others, possesses a flower with closed petals that most insects simply can’t open. Only those strong enough…
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