Garden Musings: What’s stalking flowers and foliage?

<em>Hydrangea quercifolia</em> (oakleaf hydrangea): petioles (.4–5"), peduncles (1.7–2.9"), pedicels (.04–1").
Hydrangea quercifolia (oakleaf hydrangea): petioles (.4–5″), peduncles (1.7–2.9″), pedicels (.04–1″). Photo © Mary Free
When a flower clusters with friends,
a Pedicel supports its end.
When flowers cluster together,
a Peduncle's at the nether;
or when a flower stands alone,
Peduncle also finds a home.
But, if it's a leaf and its blade,
with Petiole, stem contact's made.
Flowers and leaves too are special,
when without stalks, they're called Sessile.

- Mary Free

Note: Learn more about peduncles in the November 29th Word of the Week.

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