Central Virginia Organic Gardener

"And 'tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes." - William Wordsworth, 1798

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday Lagniappe: Gardeners' Glossary

A spur is a hollow sack, sometimes a spike, often tube shaped, in a blossom.  Spurs often carry nectar and are, therefore, considered "nectariferous" (another nifty word to work into a conversation!)
See the spurs on this "Giant Spurred Columbine?"

From: http://www.aliexpress.com/compare/compare-gardener-aquilegia.html
See:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spur_%28botany%29


Anita said...

What's wrong with me? I can't find the spurs! lol

Judy Thomas said...

Look at the flower that is sideways (side view). The long pokey things coming out of the back end are the spurs on this flower.

Anita said...

Gotcha. Thanks.

These are pretty flowers. Are Columbines grown much in central Virgina?