Fibonacci flowers

The Fibonacci Series, an infinite sequence of natural numbers, can be found all around us in the natural world. A fundamental characteristic of the Universe, they are visible in naturally occurring patterns.

The Fibonacci Series is an infinite succession of natural numbers that begins with the numbers 1 and 1. From these two numbers, each new number in the sequence is obtained by adding the previous two:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377...

(1+1=2; 1+2=3, 2+3=5, 5+3=8...)

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GOAL

  1. Look at the flowers in our photos and those around you. Count the number of petals the flowers have. 

  2. How many Fibonacci numbers did you find? Draw a sketch of what you see.

  3. Did you discover a flower with a number of petals that is not found in the Fibonacci Series? 

  4. Look outside. Where else you can identify the Fibonacci Series in action. You'll find it's all around you!

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  • Tell others about your discoveries!

  • Send us photos of your Fibonacci flowers for our flower gallery.

Special thanks to Charlene Nevill for sharing her beautiful photographs of flowers with us!

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