Thursday, October 20, 2011

Garden Fun Friday - What am I?

It's another Garden Fun Friday!  If you have any gardening fun going on today on your own blog, feel free to join in by putting the link to your blog post in the comments.

Today's game is What am I?  
Can you guess what type of garden plant or animal these are from the clues?

1:
  • My leaves are very high in Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and many other nutrients.
  • I have a taproot that brings up nutrients for shallower rooting plants around me.
  • Historically I was prized and cultivated for a variety of medicinal properties.  Now I am considered a common weed in the US.


2:
  • I hatched from a cocoon.
  • In one acre of land, there can be more than a million of my kind.
  • The largest one of my kind ever found measured 22 feet long.


3:
  • I can fly over 3,000 miles during my lifetime.
  • I hibernate over the winter.
  • My kind is normally orange and black, but a few are white and black.


4:
  • My flowers are symbolic of motherly love.
  • My flowers changes sex.  When one first opens, it is male, but after a few days the male parts fall off to reveal female parts.
  • When disturbed, my ripe seed pods explode, scattering my seeds as much as 20 feet away.


5:
  • I am a hermaphrodite.
  • My life span is about 15 years, but some can live up to 25 years.
  • May 24 is the national holiday celebrating the eating of my kind.

 Do you think you knew what they all were?  Here are the answers:


1:
Dandelion

2:
Earthworm

3:
Monarch Butterfly

4:
Impatiens - pictured is an exploding seed pod

5:
Snail

Did you guess them all?

11 comments:

  1. I got 1,2 and 5, although I wasn't sure about the cocoon for #2. Do I get a prize?

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  2. This was a lot of fun, and you had me stumped with almost all of them! I learned a lot of fun facts from this post. You're teaching this old dog some new tricks. ;')

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  3. Got the dandelion and the impatiens! The others sounded like aliens or something.

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  4. Shudder! The thought of a worm 22 foot long and millions of the critters in such a small area of land!!! WOAH!!!

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  5. Love your Garden Fun Friday meme! It makes me smile every time I read it.

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  6. This is a great meme! I love your blog, too! Thanks for the smiles!

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  7. I just couldn't figure out any of them, so glad that you did give us the answer in the end....I would be puzzling over it all night.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  8. Gosh, I wish I can guess what they are? I am new to all this, but thank you for sharing though. I would love to know the answer :)

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  9. I couldn't believe the 22 foot long earthworm as well - crazy!
    Mr. Red House got almost all of them, surprisingly enough for a non-gardener. He's amazing with trivia.
    Glad you all had some fun!

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  10. What wonderful pictures of your fall walk. The colorful leaves are all gone here. They went just too fast this year with the wind and rains. I hardly got a picture. Hope everyone is getting well in your household.

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