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Are Crabapples Edible? Are They Really Apples?

Are Crabapples Edible? Are They Really Apples?

We've all sunken our teeth into a tiny crabapple, hoping it would be tasty. Then, almost always, it is a nasty, sour experience that we don't want to repeat. Can something that intensely puckering be healthy for humans to eat? In fact, the Old English word 'crabbe'...

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Why Do People Love the Rose Flower?

Why Do People Love the Rose Flower?

The rose flower: poets write of it, lovers smell bouquets, gardeners grow it. Arguably the most famous flower in popular culture, roses are displayed on street corners, in artwork, on clothing, and placed carefully in a vase on the kitchen table. The presence of roses...

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The Ultimate Guide to Peace Lily Care

The Ultimate Guide to Peace Lily Care

Peace lilies are wonderful house plants for anyone. From beginners with no experience to people with enough plants to stock a nursery, peace lilies deserve a space in your home. First of all, they are one of the best indoor air cleaning plants. Studies by NASA have...

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Intro to the Fungi Life Cycle

Intro to the Fungi Life Cycle

What are fungi? Some of these organisms are too small to see with the human eye. Some, like the honey fungus, are amongst the largest organisms on the planet. Fungi are all around us, in bread, in beer, and even in the walls of your home. This diverse class of...

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Seasonal Tips for Tropical Plant Identification

Seasonal Tips for Tropical Plant Identification

A trip to the tropics is a must-do for any nature-loving person. The biological diversity will blow just about anyone's mind. No matter what time of year you go, you’re bound to see some pretty amazing plant and animal life. But, there are certainly some seasonal tips...

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Components of a Quintessential English Garden

Components of a Quintessential English Garden

First appearing in the early 18th century, the English garden is a distinct style of landscaping that can still be found throughout the world today. It is a romantic, pastoral style that carves out space in nature. It also idealizes people’s presence within nature. At...

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Can You Use Aloe Vera for Acne?

Can You Use Aloe Vera for Acne?

Aloe vera is a succulent that is a popular treatment for various skin conditions, particularly sunburns. In addition, people use aloe vera to treat acne. This practice shows some great promise. Studies have found that aloe vera is effective in combination with more...

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What Is the Mosquito Plant?

What Is the Mosquito Plant?

The last time you were at a barbeque or outdoor function did you get eaten alive by mosquitos? If not, there were probably repellants of some kind. Repellants for mosquitos can take many forms. Some are chemical, like bug sprays, Tiki Torches, and ‘foggers.’ Others...

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How to Find Morel Mushrooms (and Avoid False Morels)

How to Find Morel Mushrooms (and Avoid False Morels)

Most tasty mushrooms fruit in summer and fall. Morels, however, come out at the beginning of spring.   Where, Oh Where, Are These Tasty Treats?   Mushroom hunters can be very secretive people. Don't be offended if they avoid telling you their favorite...

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How to Look for Gourmet Mushrooms In the Wild

How to Look for Gourmet Mushrooms In the Wild

Mushrooms are one of the most highly sought after wild foods. Some of the world's tastiest gourmet mushrooms are only found in the wild, and we haven't figured out how to cultivate them yet! People all over the globe spend hours and hours “hunting” for wild gourmet...

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7 of the Coolest Savanna Plants

7 of the Coolest Savanna Plants

When thinking of the savanna, lions, elephants, and zebras might first come to mind. These are the animals that end up on nature documentaries and become the stars of an African safari expedition. But what about the plants, shrubs, trees, and flowers that each of...

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Is It Safe to Grow Your Own Medicinal Herbs?

Is It Safe to Grow Your Own Medicinal Herbs?

Humans have been using the plants from our local landscapes as remedies for millennia. Many people have found western medicine ineffective for their ailments and turned to naturopathy and homeopathy. While not the cure for everything, these approaches have their...

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Trees in Iceland, or Lack Thereof

Trees in Iceland, or Lack Thereof

If you’ve ever been to Iceland, you may have been shocked at the otherworldly landscapes that help make it famous. Its volcanoes and stark landscapes make it seem like a place that shouldn’t be rich in plant life. After all, it’s in the name - a land of ice! The name,...

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Urban Foraging For Beginners (Tips & Tricks)

Urban Foraging For Beginners (Tips & Tricks)

For most people living in an urban environment, fresh produce and edible plants are something you buy at stores. We operate under the assumption that farmers sell their crops to suppliers, who then transport it to cities, and then, somewhat miraculously, these...

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How to Find Chanterelle Mushrooms and Cook with Them

How to Find Chanterelle Mushrooms and Cook with Them

Oh, lovely, lovely mushrooms. Chanterelles are some of the most coveted mushrooms by chefs, along with truffles and morels. Did you know that all chanterelles in the world are harvested from the wild? We haven't figured out a way to farm these kinds of mushrooms....

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What Are Digestive Plant Enzymes?

What Are Digestive Plant Enzymes?

What are digestive plant enzymes? To answer this, we have to first ask: what are digestive enzymes to begin with? You may have learned about enzymes in a biology class at some point, but we’ll give you a refresher. Organisms need energy to function. But, where does...

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What is a Monkey Puzzle Tree?

What is a Monkey Puzzle Tree?

Archibald Menzies, one of the great British naturalists, brought this other-worldly tree to the U.K. in 1795. Shortly after its arrival in the U.K., British lawyer, Charles Austin, remarked that "It would be a puzzle for a monkey to climb that tree." Because the...

read more
Alpine Plants To Look For When Hiking

Alpine Plants To Look For When Hiking

The alpine zone is a region or biome of that world with high-altitude conditions. It is an incredible ecozone to explore and learn from. However, anyone who has been caught in an unexpected wind gust or summer storm in the region knows that these environments can be...

read more
Top 3 Dangerous Jungle Plants

Top 3 Dangerous Jungle Plants

Organisms in the jungle are in intense competition with each other. Natural selection from that competition has lead to the creation of some pretty wild plants and animals. It’s no wonder that you find the most bizarre and colorful birds, the biggest trees, and some...

read more
How To Use the Aloe Vera Plant

How To Use the Aloe Vera Plant

Have you ever spent too much time in the sun, only to find yourself as red as a lobster the next day? The discomfort of a bad sunburn can last days and might be one of the worst setbacks to enjoying a relaxing weekend at the beach. Luckily for us, there’s a plant that...

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How Are Plant Cells Different Than Fungi Cells?

How Are Plant Cells Different Than Fungi Cells?

On the cellular level, how are plants and fungi different? Plantae and Fungi are two of the three main kingdoms in the domain Eukaryota (the third group is Animalia, which includes you and me). Many fungi grow in a way that’s similar to plants. They inhabit similar...

read more
5 Easiest Perennial Flowers to Grow in Your Garden

5 Easiest Perennial Flowers to Grow in Your Garden

One of the most enjoyable things for a gardener is seeing a flower bloom in spring that was planted years before. These types of flowers, called perennial flowers, come back year after year. These types of plants make a great choice for a beginner gardener because of...

read more
Weird Plants of Baja California

Weird Plants of Baja California

I had the joy of driving the entire length of Mexico’s Baja California last fall. Starting in San Diego, we followed Highway 1 and found many of the bizarre and beautiful plants of Baja California.  The whole way, my eyes were glued to the landscape. Desert plants are...

read more
Top 3 Coolest Carnivorous Plants

Top 3 Coolest Carnivorous Plants

Along with light, water, and air, plants need nutrients which are usually found in the soil. However, some soil contains almost no nutrients important to plants such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Bogs and fens are two environments that have very poor soil,...

read more
Tree Identification 101: What You Need to Know

Tree Identification 101: What You Need to Know

Despite being gigantic, trees can be surprisingly difficult to identify. While tree identification might be easier than grass identification, it's no walk in the park (...although that might be a good place to practice). Let's start with the basics. If you already can...

read more
4 of the Most Fascinating Native Hawaiian Plants

4 of the Most Fascinating Native Hawaiian Plants

Hawaiian plants are some of the most beautiful and unusual curiosities in the world. Like many islands, Hawaii is full of plants that are isolated and don't exist anywhere else. There's also a rich cultural history surrounding the use of these plants (known as...

read more
How to Identify Deadly Plants That Could Kill You

How to Identify Deadly Plants That Could Kill You

Whenever you’re out foraging for edible plants or tasty mushrooms, there’s a risk of picking and eating the wrong plant. Making a mistake while foraging for wild plants can kill you - so it’s important to know what you’re doing! In some cases, eating the wrong parts...

read more
Everything You Need to Know About Acacia Trees

Everything You Need to Know About Acacia Trees

First things first, what is an acacia tree? When you hear the word Acacia, do you think of umbrella-shaped trees in the African Savanna? Or maybe shrubs in the dry American Southwest? Or even the Australian outback? Acacias are a group of trees and shrubs with over...

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Jungle Botany: A Beginner’s Guide

Jungle Botany: A Beginner’s Guide

The rainforest is a treasure trove for plant lovers, whether you’re a newbie or you already have experience with jungle botany. Your first step into a tropical forest can be a bit overwhelming. There is a staggering amount of diversity to take in. It’s also often hard...

read more
Vine Plant Identification 101

Vine Plant Identification 101

Vines make an excellent addition to many gardens, indoor or outdoor. They can also pose threats to native vegetation by becoming extremely invasive and choking out other plants. No matter the type of vine, it’s nice to be able to identify the most common ones. That’s...

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Intro to the Most Common Wedding Flowers

Intro to the Most Common Wedding Flowers

There’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding celebration. When it comes to wedding flowers, it can be difficult to know where to start. What’s popular? What’s cliche? What buds will add vibrancy to the occasion and which ones will droop away before the day is over?...

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What is a Monkey Puzzle Tree?

What is a Monkey Puzzle Tree?

Archibald Menzies, one of the great British naturalists, brought this other-worldly tree to the U.K. in 1795. Shortly after its arrival in the U.K., British lawyer, Charles Austin, remarked that "It would be a puzzle for a monkey to climb that tree." Because the...

read more
Alpine Plants To Look For When Hiking

Alpine Plants To Look For When Hiking

The alpine zone is a region or biome of that world with high-altitude conditions. It is an incredible ecozone to explore and learn from. However, anyone who has been caught in an unexpected wind gust or summer storm in the region knows that these environments can be...

read more
Houseplant Identification 101

Houseplant Identification 101

It can be soothing to care for houseplants and help them grow. But it’s hard to take good care of your houseplants if you don’t know what they are. Not all plants are created equal, and the ideal care for one plant will quickly cause another to wither. That's why...

read more
What Plant Makes Tequila and Mezcal?

What Plant Makes Tequila and Mezcal?

The bartender plops a little glass of clear liquid in front of me, accompanied by a small plate of salt, candied fruits, fried crickets, and limes. It's Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico, which means it's time to drink a little (or a lot). But what was the clear drink in...

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Weird Plants of Baja California

Weird Plants of Baja California

I had the joy of driving the entire length of Mexico’s Baja California last fall. Starting in San Diego, we followed Highway 1 and found many of the bizarre and beautiful plants of Baja California.  The whole way, my eyes were glued to the landscape. Desert plants are...

read more
Tree Identification 101: What You Need to Know

Tree Identification 101: What You Need to Know

Despite being gigantic, trees can be surprisingly difficult to identify. While tree identification might be easier than grass identification, it's no walk in the park (...although that might be a good place to practice). Let's start with the basics. If you already can...

read more
4 of the Most Fascinating Native Hawaiian Plants

4 of the Most Fascinating Native Hawaiian Plants

Hawaiian plants are some of the most beautiful and unusual curiosities in the world. Like many islands, Hawaii is full of plants that are isolated and don't exist anywhere else. There's also a rich cultural history surrounding the use of these plants (known as...

read more
What Is That Plant Growing On Power Lines?

What Is That Plant Growing On Power Lines?

Power lines might not seem like the ideal place for a plant to call home, but curious observers throughout the Americas might see strange, spiky plants that rest upon power lines like party decorations. So what is that plant growing on power lines? Never fear,...

read more
How to Identify Deadly Plants That Could Kill You

How to Identify Deadly Plants That Could Kill You

Whenever you’re out foraging for edible plants or tasty mushrooms, there’s a risk of picking and eating the wrong plant. Making a mistake while foraging for wild plants can kill you - so it’s important to know what you’re doing! In some cases, eating the wrong parts...

read more
Jungle Botany: A Beginner’s Guide

Jungle Botany: A Beginner’s Guide

The rainforest is a treasure trove for plant lovers, whether you’re a newbie or you already have experience with jungle botany. Your first step into a tropical forest can be a bit overwhelming. There is a staggering amount of diversity to take in. It’s also often hard...

read more
Do All Plants Use Photosynthesis?

Do All Plants Use Photosynthesis?

Have you ever wondered do all plants need sunlight in order to survive? Though this may sound like a silly question, it turns out there are quite a few plants that can live with no light at all! Plant leaves are nature’s solar panels. They excel at converting carbon...

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The Ultimate Guide to Growing Iris Flowers

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Iris Flowers

Irises are gorgeous flowers and a great addition to any outdoor garden. The iris family is enormous, but most people grow just a few of the most common domestic irises. These gorgeous flowers come in a variety of colors - that’s probably why they’re named after the...

read more
What Is Plant Therapy?

What Is Plant Therapy?

Plant therapy - it might sound like a new fad, but in fact, the practice is ancient. Engaging with plants can have a relaxing, peaceful effect on many people. For individuals struggling with mental illness and depression, plants can help to generate positive emotions...

read more
Mosquito Repellent Plants For Your Garden and Skin

Mosquito Repellent Plants For Your Garden and Skin

When the weather warms up and the water stands still, mosquitos are sure to follow. Whether you’re spending time on a tropical island in Indonesia, hiking through the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota, or planning an epic backyard garden, mosquitos can turn an...

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Sunscreen Plants That Really Work

Sunscreen Plants That Really Work

One of the most important tools used during the summer is sunscreen. To prevent skin damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays, we slather on a thick layer of the stuff before a day at the beach, going on a hike, or an afternoon at the ballpark. However, many people are...

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Introduction To Using Chinese Herbs

Introduction To Using Chinese Herbs

Originating in ancient China, traditional Chinese medicine has evolved over the ages. It stretches back thousands of years the first written example dating back to 168 BC. Practitioners use a variety of body and mind practices and herbal remedies for both treatment...

read more
Why the Lotus Flower Is a Plant Celebrity

Why the Lotus Flower Is a Plant Celebrity

The lotus flower is one of the most sacred and iconic plants in the world. The striking flower is a symbolic staple for some of the most prolific cultures and religions throughout history. It's safe to say that for thousands of years, the lotus has been a plant...

read more
Top 3 Dangerous Jungle Plants

Top 3 Dangerous Jungle Plants

Organisms in the jungle are in intense competition with each other. Natural selection from that competition has lead to the creation of some pretty wild plants and animals. It’s no wonder that you find the most bizarre and colorful birds, the biggest trees, and some...

read more
How to Stock Your Pantry by Drying Herbs

How to Stock Your Pantry by Drying Herbs

  Though picking fresh herbs for each meal is ideal, that's not always possible. The winter will spell the demise for much all of your annual herb garden. Even perennial herbs will stop growing fresh, fragrant leaves. Though you can grow many herbs indoors, this...

read more
Houseplant Identification 101

Houseplant Identification 101

It can be soothing to care for houseplants and help them grow. But it’s hard to take good care of your houseplants if you don’t know what they are. Not all plants are created equal, and the ideal care for one plant will quickly cause another to wither. That's why...

read more
How Are Plant Cells Different Than Fungi Cells?

How Are Plant Cells Different Than Fungi Cells?

On the cellular level, how are plants and fungi different? Plantae and Fungi are two of the three main kingdoms in the domain Eukaryota (the third group is Animalia, which includes you and me). Many fungi grow in a way that’s similar to plants. They inhabit similar...

read more
What’s So Special About the Hibiscus Flower?

What’s So Special About the Hibiscus Flower?

The hibiscus flower is one of the most recognizable flowers due to its color, size, and overall beauty. Keep in mind that hibiscus is an entire genus of plants, and there are actually over 300 species! Of all the different species of hibiscus, they are mostly found in...

read more
Top 3 Coolest Carnivorous Plants

Top 3 Coolest Carnivorous Plants

Along with light, water, and air, plants need nutrients which are usually found in the soil. However, some soil contains almost no nutrients important to plants such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Bogs and fens are two environments that have very poor soil,...

read more
Tree Identification 101: What You Need to Know

Tree Identification 101: What You Need to Know

Despite being gigantic, trees can be surprisingly difficult to identify. While tree identification might be easier than grass identification, it's no walk in the park (...although that might be a good place to practice). Let's start with the basics. If you already can...

read more
Everything You Need to Know About Reishi Mushrooms

Everything You Need to Know About Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi mushrooms have long been used as medicine. Also known as the Ling Zhi mushroom, these fungi grow on the sides of trees. In the wild, reishi mushrooms prefer to grow at the base of maple or hemlock trees. These mushrooms are actually a group of species in the...

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The Ultimate Guide to Growing Iris Flowers

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Iris Flowers

Irises are gorgeous flowers and a great addition to any outdoor garden. The iris family is enormous, but most people grow just a few of the most common domestic irises. These gorgeous flowers come in a variety of colors - that’s probably why they’re named after the...

read more
Why the Lotus Flower Is a Plant Celebrity

Why the Lotus Flower Is a Plant Celebrity

The lotus flower is one of the most sacred and iconic plants in the world. The striking flower is a symbolic staple for some of the most prolific cultures and religions throughout history. It's safe to say that for thousands of years, the lotus has been a plant...

read more
Alpine Plants To Look For When Hiking

Alpine Plants To Look For When Hiking

The alpine zone is a region or biome of that world with high-altitude conditions. It is an incredible ecozone to explore and learn from. However, anyone who has been caught in an unexpected wind gust or summer storm in the region knows that these environments can be...

read more
Top 3 Dangerous Jungle Plants

Top 3 Dangerous Jungle Plants

Organisms in the jungle are in intense competition with each other. Natural selection from that competition has lead to the creation of some pretty wild plants and animals. It’s no wonder that you find the most bizarre and colorful birds, the biggest trees, and some...

read more
What’s So Great About the Jasmine Flower?

What’s So Great About the Jasmine Flower?

Jasmine has been cultivated and prized by humans for millennia. The showy plant is famous for its beautiful white flowers and rich fragrance. Many people have heard of the flower, or maybe even have a friend named Jasmine. But, not many people know of the importance...

read more
5 Easiest Perennial Flowers to Grow in Your Garden

5 Easiest Perennial Flowers to Grow in Your Garden

One of the most enjoyable things for a gardener is seeing a flower bloom in spring that was planted years before. These types of flowers, called perennial flowers, come back year after year. These types of plants make a great choice for a beginner gardener because of...

read more
8 Edible Flowers That Taste Great In Salads

8 Edible Flowers That Taste Great In Salads

Whatever time of year it is, we can’t help but think fondly of warm sunshine, fresh produce, and summertime salads. Before we know it, flowers will be blooming along the boulevards and bursting out of buckets at your local farmer’s market, ready to be added to a...

read more
What’s So Special About the Hibiscus Flower?

What’s So Special About the Hibiscus Flower?

The hibiscus flower is one of the most recognizable flowers due to its color, size, and overall beauty. Keep in mind that hibiscus is an entire genus of plants, and there are actually over 300 species! Of all the different species of hibiscus, they are mostly found in...

read more
Best Plants to Give as Christmas Gifts

Best Plants to Give as Christmas Gifts

As we all turn our gaze towards the holidays, it’s fun to start thinking about gifts for our loved ones. Since plants can help stave off seasonal depression and improve air quality, they are a great Christmas gift. But what are the best plants to give as Christmas...

read more
Top 10 Flowers to Grow for a Winter Garden

Top 10 Flowers to Grow for a Winter Garden

Winter can be a tough season for a lot of us. Less sun and colder temperatures make life seem to come to a halt. Many plants drop their leaves and go dormant until the spring. For others, winter is just another season for growing! Certain plants, even edible ones,...

read more
What Plants to Look for After Wildfires? Wildflowers!

What Plants to Look for After Wildfires? Wildflowers!

Wildfire seasons are becoming longer and more intense throughout western North America. As climate change continues to make such extreme weather events more common, it is important to know what to expect from land that has previously been burned. And it's not all bad!...

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What Is This Flower? A Guide to Learning to Identify Plants

What Is This Flower? A Guide to Learning to Identify Plants

“What is this flower?” You ask, pointing towards a bright pink bud that appeared in your neighbor’s garden. Or perhaps you’re looking at a small blue flower during a hike along a river. Learning plant identification is easier than ever, and it's especially true with...

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A Guide to Garden Flower Identification

A Guide to Garden Flower Identification

It’s exciting to watch new shoots pop up in springtime and new blooms emerge. But what is growing in your garden?  Maybe you just moved in and have no idea what the last owner planted in your garden. Or perhaps you’re forgetful (like me) and just can’t remember what...

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Vine Plant Identification 101

Vine Plant Identification 101

Vines make an excellent addition to many gardens, indoor or outdoor. They can also pose threats to native vegetation by becoming extremely invasive and choking out other plants. No matter the type of vine, it’s nice to be able to identify the most common ones. That’s...

read more
5 Great Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

5 Great Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

Inflammation is important. It is a phenomenon that helps the body repair damaged tissues. It helps the body combat foreign invaders like bacteria and fungi. Without inflammation, we wouldn't last long.  But inflammation can also cause serious problems. Chronic...

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The Ultimate Guide to Growing Iris Flowers

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Iris Flowers

Irises are gorgeous flowers and a great addition to any outdoor garden. The iris family is enormous, but most people grow just a few of the most common domestic irises. These gorgeous flowers come in a variety of colors - that’s probably why they’re named after the...

read more
What Is Plant Therapy?

What Is Plant Therapy?

Plant therapy - it might sound like a new fad, but in fact, the practice is ancient. Engaging with plants can have a relaxing, peaceful effect on many people. For individuals struggling with mental illness and depression, plants can help to generate positive emotions...

read more
Mosquito Repellent Plants For Your Garden and Skin

Mosquito Repellent Plants For Your Garden and Skin

When the weather warms up and the water stands still, mosquitos are sure to follow. Whether you’re spending time on a tropical island in Indonesia, hiking through the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota, or planning an epic backyard garden, mosquitos can turn an...

read more
Introduction To Using Chinese Herbs

Introduction To Using Chinese Herbs

Originating in ancient China, traditional Chinese medicine has evolved over the ages. It stretches back thousands of years the first written example dating back to 168 BC. Practitioners use a variety of body and mind practices and herbal remedies for both treatment...

read more
Can Dogs Eat Bananas and Other Fruits?

Can Dogs Eat Bananas and Other Fruits?

Most dogs really love food. We train them using food, we shoo them away when they beg for food, and they eat all sorts of things that aren’t great for them. But what about when your dog is begging for you to share a bit of fruit? Is it ok to share a banana,...

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Benefits and Uses of the Sage Herb

Benefits and Uses of the Sage Herb

Sage, or Salvia officinalis, is a part of the mint family Native to the Mediterranean region, the sage herb is a perennial plant that has naturalized across the globe and can grow to two feet tall. Its leaves are fuzzy with an oval shape. Different varieties range in...

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What’s So Great About the Jasmine Flower?

What’s So Great About the Jasmine Flower?

Jasmine has been cultivated and prized by humans for millennia. The showy plant is famous for its beautiful white flowers and rich fragrance. Many people have heard of the flower, or maybe even have a friend named Jasmine. But, not many people know of the importance...

read more
How to Stock Your Pantry by Drying Herbs

How to Stock Your Pantry by Drying Herbs

  Though picking fresh herbs for each meal is ideal, that's not always possible. The winter will spell the demise for much all of your annual herb garden. Even perennial herbs will stop growing fresh, fragrant leaves. Though you can grow many herbs indoors, this...

read more
Why Do People Love The Jade Plant?

Why Do People Love The Jade Plant?

  The jade plant, otherwise known as Cassula Ovata, is a popular succulent shrub native to South Africa. In their native habitat or other similarly arid environments, they can grow to up to 10 feet tall. Similar to cactus and aloe plants, jade has evolved to...

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5 Easiest Perennial Flowers to Grow in Your Garden

5 Easiest Perennial Flowers to Grow in Your Garden

One of the most enjoyable things for a gardener is seeing a flower bloom in spring that was planted years before. These types of flowers, called perennial flowers, come back year after year. These types of plants make a great choice for a beginner gardener because of...

read more
8 Edible Flowers That Taste Great In Salads

8 Edible Flowers That Taste Great In Salads

Whatever time of year it is, we can’t help but think fondly of warm sunshine, fresh produce, and summertime salads. Before we know it, flowers will be blooming along the boulevards and bursting out of buckets at your local farmer’s market, ready to be added to a...

read more
Tips to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

Tips to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

I hate having to throw out fresh culinary herbs that have started to wilt and die. Unfortunately, dried herbs just don’t have the same aromatic flavor. The best way to make sure you always have fresh herbs available is to grow them yourself! A mint plant in your...

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What’s So Special About the Hibiscus Flower?

What’s So Special About the Hibiscus Flower?

The hibiscus flower is one of the most recognizable flowers due to its color, size, and overall beauty. Keep in mind that hibiscus is an entire genus of plants, and there are actually over 300 species! Of all the different species of hibiscus, they are mostly found in...

read more
How to Take Care of an Airplant

How to Take Care of an Airplant

Airplants have become incredibly popular indoor house plants over the past few years, spreading like wildfire across social media platforms and boutique flower shops alike. Whether you’re an interior designer or you're just looking to spruce things up around the...

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What Is That Plant Growing On Power Lines?

What Is That Plant Growing On Power Lines?

Power lines might not seem like the ideal place for a plant to call home, but curious observers throughout the Americas might see strange, spiky plants that rest upon power lines like party decorations. So what is that plant growing on power lines? Never fear,...

read more
Best Plants to Give as Christmas Gifts

Best Plants to Give as Christmas Gifts

As we all turn our gaze towards the holidays, it’s fun to start thinking about gifts for our loved ones. Since plants can help stave off seasonal depression and improve air quality, they are a great Christmas gift. But what are the best plants to give as Christmas...

read more
Top 10 Flowers to Grow for a Winter Garden

Top 10 Flowers to Grow for a Winter Garden

Winter can be a tough season for a lot of us. Less sun and colder temperatures make life seem to come to a halt. Many plants drop their leaves and go dormant until the spring. For others, winter is just another season for growing! Certain plants, even edible ones,...

read more
Call the Botanist! How to Save Your Dying Plants

Call the Botanist! How to Save Your Dying Plants

It's surprisingly emotional to watch a plant die in front of you. You can't ask your plant what's wrong, and sometimes a remedy actually makes it worse. We're here to help you save your dying plants - and save yourself from the stress of killing (yet another)...

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5 Houseplants That Produce the Most Oxygen

5 Houseplants That Produce the Most Oxygen

Houseplants can change your home’s atmosphere in more ways than one! Choosing houseplants that produce the most oxygen can greatly help improve your indoor air quality. We all rely on plants to create breathable air. Our lungs breathe the oxygen that plants produce...

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How to Care for Your Plants When You Leave for Vacation

How to Care for Your Plants When You Leave for Vacation

With the holidays coming up, many of us are facing hectic travel schedules. How do we care for our plants when we leave for vacation? Of course, the exact answer to this question depends on two major factors: How long will you be gone for vacation? What sort of...

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Why Do Cacti Have Spines? 4 Reasons Cacti are Spikey

Why Do Cacti Have Spines? 4 Reasons Cacti are Spikey

Walking through the desert, it doesn’t take long to realize that just about everything is sharp. Large and small, strange and familiar, most cacti have spines. But why? Cactus spines aren’t just nature’s way to make the desert a rougher place to be. They serve several...

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Cool Examples of Moss Graffiti and Plant Art

Cool Examples of Moss Graffiti and Plant Art

The hustle and bustle of the city can be contagious. Everyone’s got somewhere to be, something to do, and people move quickly along the streets and avenues lined with multi-story buildings, apartment complexes and neighborhood shops. But nearby, many cities...

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Cuttings: The Magical Way to Grow Plants

Cuttings: The Magical Way to Grow Plants

Fall is here! The sweaters are warm! The pumpkins are spiced! And leaves are falling from their trees! While many regular gardening activities are winding down, it is the perfect time to begin starting new plants from cuttings.  Many of the plants you see every day...

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Vine Plant Identification 101

Vine Plant Identification 101

Vines make an excellent addition to many gardens, indoor or outdoor. They can also pose threats to native vegetation by becoming extremely invasive and choking out other plants. No matter the type of vine, it’s nice to be able to identify the most common ones. That’s...

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Intro to the Most Common Wedding Flowers

Intro to the Most Common Wedding Flowers

There’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding celebration. When it comes to wedding flowers, it can be difficult to know where to start. What’s popular? What’s cliche? What buds will add vibrancy to the occasion and which ones will droop away before the day is over?...

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What is a Monkey Puzzle Tree?

What is a Monkey Puzzle Tree?

Archibald Menzies, one of the great British naturalists, brought this other-worldly tree to the U.K. in 1795. Shortly after its arrival in the U.K., British lawyer, Charles Austin, remarked that "It would be a puzzle for a monkey to climb that tree." Because the...

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Alpine Plants To Look For When Hiking

Alpine Plants To Look For When Hiking

The alpine zone is a region or biome of that world with high-altitude conditions. It is an incredible ecozone to explore and learn from. However, anyone who has been caught in an unexpected wind gust or summer storm in the region knows that these environments can be...

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Houseplant Identification 101

Houseplant Identification 101

It can be soothing to care for houseplants and help them grow. But it’s hard to take good care of your houseplants if you don’t know what they are. Not all plants are created equal, and the ideal care for one plant will quickly cause another to wither. That's why...

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What Plant Makes Tequila and Mezcal?

What Plant Makes Tequila and Mezcal?

The bartender plops a little glass of clear liquid in front of me, accompanied by a small plate of salt, candied fruits, fried crickets, and limes. It's Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico, which means it's time to drink a little (or a lot). But what was the clear drink in...

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Weird Plants of Baja California

Weird Plants of Baja California

I had the joy of driving the entire length of Mexico’s Baja California last fall. Starting in San Diego, we followed Highway 1 and found many of the bizarre and beautiful plants of Baja California.  The whole way, my eyes were glued to the landscape. Desert plants are...

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Tree Identification 101: What You Need to Know

Tree Identification 101: What You Need to Know

Despite being gigantic, trees can be surprisingly difficult to identify. While tree identification might be easier than grass identification, it's no walk in the park (...although that might be a good place to practice). Let's start with the basics. If you already can...

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4 of the Most Fascinating Native Hawaiian Plants

4 of the Most Fascinating Native Hawaiian Plants

Hawaiian plants are some of the most beautiful and unusual curiosities in the world. Like many islands, Hawaii is full of plants that are isolated and don't exist anywhere else. There's also a rich cultural history surrounding the use of these plants (known as...

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What Is That Plant Growing On Power Lines?

What Is That Plant Growing On Power Lines?

Power lines might not seem like the ideal place for a plant to call home, but curious observers throughout the Americas might see strange, spiky plants that rest upon power lines like party decorations. So what is that plant growing on power lines? Never fear,...

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How to Identify Deadly Plants That Could Kill You

How to Identify Deadly Plants That Could Kill You

Whenever you’re out foraging for edible plants or tasty mushrooms, there’s a risk of picking and eating the wrong plant. Making a mistake while foraging for wild plants can kill you - so it’s important to know what you’re doing! In some cases, eating the wrong parts...

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Jungle Botany: A Beginner’s Guide

Jungle Botany: A Beginner’s Guide

The rainforest is a treasure trove for plant lovers, whether you’re a newbie or you already have experience with jungle botany. Your first step into a tropical forest can be a bit overwhelming. There is a staggering amount of diversity to take in. It’s also often hard...

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Do All Plants Use Photosynthesis?

Do All Plants Use Photosynthesis?

Have you ever wondered do all plants need sunlight in order to survive? Though this may sound like a silly question, it turns out there are quite a few plants that can live with no light at all! Plant leaves are nature’s solar panels. They excel at converting carbon...

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Most Popular Edible Flowers (And How to Eat Them)

Most Popular Edible Flowers (And How to Eat Them)

Imagine, 75% of the calories consumed by humans come from just 12 plant and 5 livestock species. Humans regularly cultivate only 200 species of plants for food, out of the nearly half-million that exist. With over 400,000 species of flowering plants alone, there must...

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How to Identify the 10 Most Common Fruit Plants

How to Identify the 10 Most Common Fruit Plants

Most people can easily tell apart apples from bananas, and oranges from blackberries. But, how easy is it to identify the plants they come from? To find out, here’s a guide on how to identify the 10 most common fruit plants. Before we begin, let’s go over some basics...

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Intro to the Mint Plant (and the Top Mint Plant Uses)

Intro to the Mint Plant (and the Top Mint Plant Uses)

Not all of us have a green thumb, but some plants are so ubiquitous that you can’t help but encounter them in everyday life. Mint is one of those plants. It’s probably in your toothpaste, or in a pot nearby as you walk down the street. There are a lot of reasons you...

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History of the Poppy Flower

History of the Poppy Flower

The history of the poppy flower is a rich one. The popular plant is not only famous for its pretty flowers, but also for its use in the production of a highly addictive drug called opium. It also allows us to produce some of the most important medicine in the world,...

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How Do Pineapples Grow?

How Do Pineapples Grow?

The pineapple is a tropical fruit that travels far in our modern age. Whether you live in the fjords of Iceland or the open prairies of Nebraska, chances are there are little pineapple cubes in your fruit cup, frozen bags of it in the freezer section of the grocery...

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What Is Chaga? Intro to the Alaskan Medicinal Mushroom

What Is Chaga? Intro to the Alaskan Medicinal Mushroom

If you haven’t heard of chaga, you aren’t alone. This mushroom, while wildly popular amongst certain groups in the far northern reaches of the planet, has yet to make it into mainstream culture. That being said, it is rapidly gaining celebrity for its wide variety of...

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Top 5 Uses For Bamboo Plants

Top 5 Uses For Bamboo Plants

 Belonging to a subfamily of grass, bamboo is one of the most versatile plants on planet earth. Uses for bamboo plants are practiced by over 2.5 billion people every day. This plant is naturally pesticide resistant and helps to rebuild eroded soil. It is antifungal,...

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What Is the Best Rope Plant?

What Is the Best Rope Plant?

Plants have provided humans with some of the most important tool-making materials since the dawn of man. Indeed, wood and other plant products are an absolute necessity when going about our daily lives. We often take for granted just how many tools and materials are...

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5 Great Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

5 Great Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

Inflammation is important. It is a phenomenon that helps the body repair damaged tissues. It helps the body combat foreign invaders like bacteria and fungi. Without inflammation, we wouldn't last long.  But inflammation can also cause serious problems. Chronic...

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Intro to the Most Common Wedding Flowers

Intro to the Most Common Wedding Flowers

There’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding celebration. When it comes to wedding flowers, it can be difficult to know where to start. What’s popular? What’s cliche? What buds will add vibrancy to the occasion and which ones will droop away before the day is over?...

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What Is Plant Therapy?

What Is Plant Therapy?

Plant therapy - it might sound like a new fad, but in fact, the practice is ancient. Engaging with plants can have a relaxing, peaceful effect on many people. For individuals struggling with mental illness and depression, plants can help to generate positive emotions...

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Mosquito Repellent Plants For Your Garden and Skin

Mosquito Repellent Plants For Your Garden and Skin

When the weather warms up and the water stands still, mosquitos are sure to follow. Whether you’re spending time on a tropical island in Indonesia, hiking through the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota, or planning an epic backyard garden, mosquitos can turn an...

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Sunscreen Plants That Really Work

Sunscreen Plants That Really Work

One of the most important tools used during the summer is sunscreen. To prevent skin damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays, we slather on a thick layer of the stuff before a day at the beach, going on a hike, or an afternoon at the ballpark. However, many people are...

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Introduction To Using Chinese Herbs

Introduction To Using Chinese Herbs

Originating in ancient China, traditional Chinese medicine has evolved over the ages. It stretches back thousands of years the first written example dating back to 168 BC. Practitioners use a variety of body and mind practices and herbal remedies for both treatment...

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Why the Lotus Flower Is a Plant Celebrity

Why the Lotus Flower Is a Plant Celebrity

The lotus flower is one of the most sacred and iconic plants in the world. The striking flower is a symbolic staple for some of the most prolific cultures and religions throughout history. It's safe to say that for thousands of years, the lotus has been a plant...

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