Flowers in the Garden ~ Cucurbits

Flowers in the Garden Cucurbits pic

Because I’m a gardening geek, I thought I’d compare flowers in my garden based on plant family and note the similarities. Yesterday, I shared pictures of my garden flowers in the Nightshade family. (If you missed it, click here.) As similar as they were, there are even more similarities in the flowers of the Cucurbit family.

The Cucurbit family includes cucumbers, summer and winter squash, pumpkins, and melons (canteloupes, muskmelons, watermelons, etc.).

Look how similar these flowers are!

CUCUMBERS:

Cucumber flowers are yellow with five rounded petals.

Cucumber flower

Cucumber flower

SUMMER SQUASH:

Summer squash flowers are an orangy-yellow and also have five petals. However, their petals aren’t quite as rounded as the cucumber flower petals, and they’re much larger.

Zucchini flower

Zucchini flower

WINTER SQUASH:

Most winter squash flowers look almost identical to summer squash flowers (and similar to cucumber flowers) with five petals.

Butternut squash flower

Butternut squash flower

Spaghetti squash flower

Spaghetti squash flower

However, this winter squash flower has four petals.

White Acorn squash flower

White Acorn squash flower

And this winter squash flower has six petals.

Black Futsu squash flower

Black Futsu squash flower

PUMPKIN:

This pumpkin flower is orangy-yellow, as the other cucurbit flowers, but the petals are almost fringed. (Those little black things are ants fertilizing the flower.)

Pumpkin flower

Pumpkin flower

MELONS:

The flowers on melons and watermelons are more similar to cucumbers than squash in size and petal shape.

Cantaloupe flower

Cantaloupe flower

White watermelon flower

White watermelon flower

MORE FLOWERS IN THE GARDEN ARTICLES:

I hope you’re finding these flower comparisons as interesting as I do!

Signature

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s