Garden Word of the Week - Pappus
|dandelion pappus by polarblogger|
The pappus may be composed of bristles, sometimes feathery. In some species, such as Dandelion or Eupatorium, feathery bristles of the pappus function as a "parachute" which enables the seed to be carried by the wind.
|dandelion by binzy|
The name derives from the Ancient Greek word pappos, meaning "old man", used for a plant having bristles and for hairy seed of certain plants.
|Horseweed seed heads|