The beautiful purple flowers of Venus’ looking glass (Triodanis perfoliata) catch the eye — even if they are quite small. This annual plant grows throughout North America. Let’s look at some of the growing phases of this plant.
Flower buds develop at each leaf axil.
A new flower’s petals begin to open.
Fully open flower waits for a pollinator.
Plant variations do occur. This flower has only four petals.
Flower petals die after pollination.
Seeds mature within the seed capsule.
Seed capsules release their tiny seeds.
To learn more about Venus’ looking glass throughout its annual life cycle — and to see some great close-up images highlighting the plant’s flower buds, seed capsules and seeds — watch this video: