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A Flower Mystery: Is It a Bulb or a Corm?



A Flower Mystery: Is It a Bulb or a Corm?

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     challenging words:    corm, corms, happy-looking, indented, outer, part, crocus, teardrop, pointy, between, difference, matter, skin, than, similar, also


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     Spanish: Un misterio de flores: żEs un bulbo o un cormo?


A Flower Mystery: Is It a Bulb or a Corm?
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Flowers are a pretty part of spring in many places. Daffodils come in shades of yellow. They can also be white or cream. Some have orange centers. These happy-looking flowers come from bulbs. Bulbs usually have a teardrop shape. They have a pointy top. They have a round bottom. They have a thin brown outer skin. An onion is a bulb. It has layers inside. You might have helped plant some bulbs in a garden, but what would you think if someone asked you to help plant corms? Another flower, the crocus, comes from a corm. Many types of crocuses bloom in the spring. Corms look similar to bulbs, but they are not bulbs. Most people don't know the difference between the two! Corms are shorter than bulbs. They are rounder, .....
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