This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

potato blossoms

russet blossom
potato 3 potato 2

I find potato flowers very interesting and pretty. My Russets have a pinkish color and the Red Norlands are white. They seem to be blooming early this year. I don't think mine bloomed until late June last year.

Potatoes are in the family Solanaceae and their flowers resemble tomato, eggplant, pepper, chili and Petunia flowers. Flowers are funnel shaped, with five fused petals. The stamens are present in multiples of four. The ovaries are superior. The hypogynus gynoecium is a syncarp located obliquely in relation to the median! What do you know!

potatoes (Solanum tuberosum)



Blogger Ingela said...

I was just going to say that they look exaktly like tomato flowers. You might have some potatoes allready? Have found your blog again and put it on my bloglist, hope it´s OK?


June 07, 2009 9:54 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks for putting me on your bloglist Ingela. I love the photos on your blog.

June 07, 2009 10:08 AM

Blogger Fiona said...

Very beautiful. I love it when a plant I like to eat has flowers that add beauty to the garden.

Sorry about the weird weather - we're having the same. It's still relatively cool and very wet here, which is great for my peas but the tomatoes are just sitting around waiting for summer to arrive.

June 07, 2009 11:03 AM

Anonymous Marian (LondonUK) said...

I love potatoe flowers too, the first time I grew Charlottes at home I was amazed at how fragrant the flowers are.
Marian (LondonUK)

June 07, 2009 11:46 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I never thought to smell them. I'm looking forward to sniffing next time I go by.

June 07, 2009 2:49 PM

Blogger Cynthia said...

I LOVE your potato flowers! They're so pretty. I am definitely going to plant potatoes next year. I'm brainstorming how to set up their potato bins. I might just stack up stones around them as they grow :D

June 07, 2009 4:17 PM

Blogger JenSwan60 said...

I love the line, "the ovaries are superior" -- I know it's botany, but it's so politically lovely, too. I need to write more poems. Thanks for your beautiful flowers and photos. We are very proud of Alex here in CA and looking forward to seeing your "rents".

June 07, 2009 6:42 PM

Blogger Chef Phil and Malinda said...

Still waiting for my potatoes to flower, we have buds so it wont be long.

June 07, 2009 7:47 PM

Blogger Pam said...

Pretty! Do you ever try and grow potatoes from the seed pods? Someone told me they look just like tomatoes! I'm going to try and breed a new potato using seeds!!!! Now if only it would rain!

June 09, 2009 1:31 PM

Blogger Kelly said...

Oh how neat, I have never seen potato flowers before. Mine have not begun to flower yet and the two varieties are quite staggered in their growth which makes sense I guess since only variety is 'early'. Do you like to harvest them as new potatoes?

June 09, 2009 1:49 PM


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