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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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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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Why Are There So Many Plants In the Rainforest?

The biodiversity of plants in the rainforest is staggering. Some rainforests have more species of plant than entire continents, and a single tree in the rainforest may contain more species of epiphyte (plants that grow on other plants) than most countries. But why are...

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Barrel Cactus vs Saguaro Cactus: What’s the Difference?

To those of us new to the desert, it can be hard to tell the difference between a barrel cactus vs saguaro cactus. These large cacti grow across the southwestern United States. Young saguaros can closely resemble barrel cacti, adding to the confusion. Let’s break down...

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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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How Do Some Trees Get So Big?

Anyone who’s ever visited a rainforest in the tropics or the Pacific Northwest will findi it impossible to ignore how tall the trees are. A defining characteristic of a tree is definitely the fact that trees are taller than bushes -- but why are trees tall? Let’s look...

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Magic Plants in the Real World

We’re never too old for fairy tales. Folk stories about gingerbread houses, witches cauldrons, glass slippers, and cursed frogs have shaped our imaginations and cultures since humans first gathered around the fire. To this day, they continue to delight, enchant, and...

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18 Plants You Can Grow from Table Scraps (With Instructions)

Composting leftover food is great and all, but what if you could make more food come from your table scraps? This isn’t the stuff of dreams for starving college students - it’s real. You can grow plants from table scraps. It's nice to know where your food comes from...

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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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Beyond Giant Hogweed: Plants That Burn or Blister You

Giant hogweed is a pretty terrifying plant that hit the news late in the summer of 2018. It’s an invasive plant and noxious weed, meaning it’s harmful to people. But it’s not the only dangerous plant out there. Touching giant hogweed can cause terrible burns (and even...

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Why Tree Identification Is Easier Than Ever

Tree identification can be a fun way to learn more about the plants around you. It also can be frustrating and cumbersome thanks to the world’s incredible array of plant species. On top of that, field guides can be a pain to carry around, and aren’t always...

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How a Parasitic Plant Hacks the Genes of its Host

Plants are a lot more devious than we once thought. Scientists recently discovered that Dodder, a problematic parasitic plant that causes millions of dollars of damage each year to crops, can basically hack into its host’s genes. You read that right. A parasitic plant...

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How to Find, Use, and Identify Common Sacred Plants

Almost every culture and religion out there make use of sacred plants. People revere these sacred plants for their medicinal qualities, culinary use, healing power, or cultural purposes. Learning about the history and culture of plants is part of the study of...

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How Moss Removes Arsenic from Water

Scientists in Sweden just discovered a species of moss removes arsenic from water, taking the usefulness of plants up a few notches in my book. While it’s old news that plants turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, arsenic removal from a plant is really uncommon.   Swedish...

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How Botany Twitter and a Bumblebee Rediscovered a Rare Plant

In June of last year, botany Twitter made a pretty big discovery. Rather than squabbling about politics or sharing ridiculous memes, botany Twitter actually made a contribution to science. It all started when Professor Chris Martine shared a photo of a bumblebee on...

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The 3 Best Hiking Apps to Use in 2018

A few years ago, if you told me that there were apps that made hiking better, I’d have laughed in your face. The point of hiking was to disconnect and escape the constant buzzes, chirps, and little red flags of my busy life. The concept of the “best hiking apps”...

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Dog Safe Plants and How to Make a Dog-Friendly Garden

If you love both dogs and gardening, you probably have already asked yourself: are there dog safe plants out there? Given some dog’s propensity to much on leaves and sniff around in the dirt, you might even want to take it a step further: creating a dog-friendly...

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What’s Growing in Your Garden? How to ID Plants by Photo

In some ways, identifying plants that grow in your garden is harder than identifying plants out in the wild. Knowing what’s growing in your garden will help you care for it better. Whether you need help because you forgot to label your plants or you purchased a home...

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What Do Plant Veins and Leaves Actually Do?

When you’re peering at leaves through the lens of your camera, trying to identify a cool new plant in your yard, you might notice some weird lines along the leaves. These lines are called veins, and not just because they look like your veins. Plant veins are actually...

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Seven Benefits of Eating Wild Plants

Eating organic and local produce is a noble goal - but can be financially or logistically difficult in many areas. Eating wild plants can reduce the financial burden of organic foods while giving you many of the same benefits - and more. As we discussed in our article...

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The Seven Rules for Foraging for Wild Foods

The more you learn about the wild plants around you, the more you realize that foraging for wild foods is possible even in suburban environments. Look around you. The dandelion greens are great for tea while the thistle leaves are a delicious salad topping. Wild...

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What Are Invasive Plants and Why Are They Bad?

The term “invasive plants” brings to mind a small army of green shoots, marching towards the forest to wreak havoc, a la Fern Gully. If that’s what you think of, you’re not all that far off. Invasive plants are one of the harder aspects of human influence on the world...

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Look Out for These 9 Common Garden Pests This Summer

Just as your garden plants are really starting to bloom, you notice black spots on the leaves. Or maybe you find chewed-up petals or a whitish fuzz along your roots. Garden pests are no joke. They can kill your garden very quickly, undoing all of your hard work....

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What Do Botanists Do?

When I say botanist, you might think of a white-bearded man scampering around the woods collecting flowers. Maybe you think of a slightly nutty woman a la Professor Sprout in Harry Potter. Or perhaps you just shrug at me. What is a botanist and what do botanists do?...

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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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How to Enjoy Botanical Gardens

Botanical gardens can be a beautiful, quiet activity almost any time of year, but it takes a bit of preparation to fully enjoy botanical gardens.  Botanical gardens are a great place to learn about flower and tree identification, local sacred plants, and rare plants....

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Why Tree Identification Is Easier Than Ever

Tree identification can be a fun way to learn more about the plants around you. It also can be frustrating and cumbersome thanks to the world’s incredible array of plant species. On top of that, field guides can be a pain to carry around, and aren’t always...

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How Botany Twitter and a Bumblebee Rediscovered a Rare Plant

In June of last year, botany Twitter made a pretty big discovery. Rather than squabbling about politics or sharing ridiculous memes, botany Twitter actually made a contribution to science. It all started when Professor Chris Martine shared a photo of a bumblebee on...

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The 3 Best Hiking Apps to Use in 2018

A few years ago, if you told me that there were apps that made hiking better, I’d have laughed in your face. The point of hiking was to disconnect and escape the constant buzzes, chirps, and little red flags of my busy life. The concept of the “best hiking apps”...

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