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Really cool plants!


chris collins smallBlue Peter gardener, Chris Collins gets us off to a flying start by nominating the giant water lily as his ‘really cool plant’. He chose it for its fast and furious lifestyle and bizarre pollination process!

Chris says, ‘The massive leaves of this amazing plant can expand up to half a square metre a day and the white flowers are pollinated by beetles, attracted by the scent. The flower keeps the beetle captive overnight and when it is released the next day the flower has turned pinkish-purple. The beetle is covered in pollen and flies away to find another white lily flower to pollinate.

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Victoria amazonica (Photo A. McRobb © RBG, Kew)


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Chris Collins is the Blue Peter gardener and spends much of his time encouraging the next generation of gardeners through his work in schools and with charities. For more information go to: