Flowers That Produce Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Chino Hills, CA
Question by fsglass
October 21, 1998
My son is doing a science project and has to collect seeds from fruits, vegetables and flowers. It's the flower part that we're stumped. I really don't want to cheat and buy the seeds and use it for his project. I would like to know what types of flowers and where to look on the plant. i.e...the bud, the dried flower.etc..

Answer from NGA
October 21, 1998


Almost any flowering plant will produce seeds, so look for spent flowers (flowers with petals that have recently fallen off). The swollen ovary just below where the petals are (or were) is where you'll find seeds. In your region you might look for wildflowers or even weeds that are about to set seed. Walk through your own garden and pick off a few flowers and dissect them. Pull off the petals and open the ovary. You'll find (in most cases) that there are seeds within the swollen base of the flower. Hope this helps with your project!

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