Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Bloom Timing
Name: Chuck
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: N/A

Why is it that some plants take years to bloom, but then only bloom for like 5 mins?

Dear Chuck,

Every plant species has evolved its own blooming strategy, largely in adaptation to climate, pollinators, and fruit dispersal.


Anthony R. Brach

The only real goal of a living thing is to reproduce. The flowers are the reproductive part of a plant. The plants you refer to flower long enough to be pollinated and then seeds are made. This plant has done its duty and then can either die or go on just being.

Van Hoeck

Click here to return to the Biology Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (, or at Argonne's Educational Programs

Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory