Wikijunior:Summer Flowers of Northern New England/Eriocaulon aquaticum
Pipewort grows in the water near the short. It can't grow very tall, so it has to grow in shallow water. The flower is very small, and grows at the top of the stem like a king's crown. Insects visit this plant to help it make new plants (scientists call this pollination), and without their help, there would be no pipewort! If the plant did not grow tall enough to get its flower above the water, how could insects pollinate it?