Late Bloomer

October 18, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

Black-capped Chickadee in a Witch Hazel Shrub The vivid yellow blooms of witch hazel provide a colourful backdrop for this black-capped chickadee. Witch hazel is one of our more unusual shrubs, flowering in mid October after its leaves have fallen. This reproductive strategy, fine-tuned over countless millenia, ensures its genes will be passed on to the next generation by attracting pollinating insects with a last ditch source of nectar before winter sets in.


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