How Are Flowers Useful to Us?

Flowers are not just beautiful to look at, but they also serve a vital role in our ecosystem. Flowers attract insects and birds, which serve as pollinators for the plant itself. Insects and birds also help keep the surrounding ecosystem of flowers well maintained and healthy by keeping away predators, and utilizing the plants or flowers for their own growth. All plants produce a flower at some point during the process of their growth. The flower itself produces seeds, which are then pollinated by either being transported by birds or insects, or by being released into the wind or dropped from the plant. Flowers help keep the ecosystem growing and provide new plant life, as well as help sustain local insects and birds.


Benefits to Humans

In addition to the benefits flowers provide to the local ecosystem, they also greatly benefit humans. The natural bugs and birds that flowers attract help keep our own surrounding environment healthy. The seeds that flowers drop and pollinate locally produce more plants, and more fruits and vegetables for us to eat. In addition, certain bugs--such as bees, produce honey from the nectar of the flowers, but also pollinate the flowers as they do so--allowing them to produce seeds. The bugs and birds flowers attract help keep some "bad" bugs away, such as bugs that may eat or destroy other plants.

Environmental Factors

Without insects or birds to help pollinate flowers, they would have no way of reproducing to create new flowers or growth. Flowers help our ecosystem flourish and attract a plethora of life to the area and facilitate the expansion of our environment. If flowers are cut down or destroyed before pollination can occur, that particular species has a high chance of dying off in that area. In addition, local wildlife will also vanish in that area since they would have no food.