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Life Cycle of a Flowering Plant
  
Dandelionsby Ernst Vikne on Flickr



Life Cycle
of a
Flowering Plant
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'Sunflower Seeds' by Ai Weiwei, Tate Modern Turbine Hallby Loz Flowers on Flickr

A plant starts as a seed.  Seeds are the beginning of a new life cycle.
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Ballnuts of 'Alexandrian Laurel'. One is odd...by Tatters:) on Flickr

The seed is planted. It soaks up water and swells until the seed coat splits.
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Coriander sproutingby mathiasbaert on Flickr

A root grows out of the seed coat and down into the soil. This is called germination.
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2172 siberian pine (Pinus sibirica) sproutby n0rthw1nd on Flickr

Next, the stem begins to grow.
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Beans are Upby OakleyOriginals on Flickr

 The roots continue to grow.  They will hold the plant in place and take water and minerals from the soil.
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Child Tending Broken Baby Seedlingby Pink Sherbet Photography on Flickr

A seedling, or young plant begins to grow out of the ground.
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Sun peeking through the leavesby aussiegall on Flickr

The plant uses water, air and the sun's energy to grow. 
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Ipomoea indicaby catlovers on Flickr

A flower grows on the adult plant.
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Peek-A-Booby Kjunstorm on Flickr

Birds and insects carry pollen from flower to flower.
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Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams. ~ Ashley Smith [Explored]by Olga Oslina (away) on Flickr

This is how the flower is pollinated.
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klatschmohn - poppiesby glasseyes view on Flickr

New seeds begin to grow inside the flower.
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Pearsby quinn.anya on Flickr

Fruit forms around the developing seed to protect them.
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Wild Raspberriesby Bien Stephenson on Flickr

We can eat some of the fruits that grow around the seeds.
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Fly away with meby aussiegall on Flickr

When the flowering plant dries up, seeds fall to the ground.
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breakaway 2by Muffet on Flickr

Some seeds are scattered by wind.
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Standing outby Steve-h on Flickr

Scattering seeds helps each plant get enough space and sunlight to grow.
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Freesia in the Rainby John-Morgan on Flickr

Some seeds are scattered by water.
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friendby davedehetre on Flickr

Other seeds are carried by animals.
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Crispy Rainby .faramarz on Flickr

The seed needs soil, water and...
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In a Rush......by law_keven on Flickr

sunlight to grow.
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Tallgrass Prairie Flowersby USFWS Mountain Prairie on Flickr

Some of the scattered seeds will begin to grow into a new plant.
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Gerbera con Vista Al Cieloby Javier Volcan on Flickr

And, the life cycle of the flowering plant begins again.
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