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Yaakov Lubin

We get so much enjoyment and benefit from flowers, but we’re not the only ones.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

What’s your favorite kind of flower? A ruddy red rose, dazzling daisy, or maybe a stunning sunflower? While we may argue about which is prettiest, there’s no argument about flowers being one of most fabulous forms of vegetation around. Can you think of any part of a plant that brings so much joy to so many people? Whether they’re cheering someone up, decorating your Shabbos table, or given as a gift for a special occasion, flowers always seem to be out there making people happy. It’s easy to understand why Hashem created flowers for us, but do their plants also benefit? A plant may have many wondrous traits, but being a baal chesed isn’t one of them. A plant wouldn’t waste the energy needed to produce flowers if it wasn’t getting something important in return. For plants to make seeds, they need pollen, a powdery yellow substance usually obtained from other plants. Plants can’t drive to the pollen store, or borrow a cup of pollen from the plants next door, however, so how do plants get pollen? Plants were designed with amazing ways of sending and receiving the pollen. Some plants make huge amounts of pollen and release it into the air in the hopes that some will land on the appropriate plant. In the spring, there’s so much pollen in the air that a lot of it ends up in your nose — that’s what causes the allergy called hay fever. While wind pollination does work, the most common and effective form of transferring pollen is through flowers.

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