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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’s So Special About the Lily Flower?

What’s So Special About the Lily Flower?

What do you know about the lily flower? You may have seen it in a vase, a front yard, or perhaps a botanic garden. If it was in the summertime, you may have noticed the enormous, colorful six-petaled blooms that makes this flower famous. Maybe you even have a friend...

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15 Healing Herbs You Can Grow At Home

15 Healing Herbs You Can Grow At Home

Plants have been on the planet for just under 500 million years. Somewhere along the way, humans understood that while certain plants could kill you, others could heal ailments in amazing ways. These healing herbs are part of an ancient understanding of the world and...

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Florida Plant Identification for Beginners

Florida Plant Identification for Beginners

Florida is a state teeming with biodiversity. With the nickname “The Sunshine State,” Florida must have loads of sun-loving plant life - and indeed it does! Although there are thousands of plant species native to the state, a handful of them are quite characteristic...

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How to Find, Use, and Identify Common Sacred Plants

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

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.  ...

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

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 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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Learn How PlantSnap is Shazam for Plants

Learn How PlantSnap is Shazam for Plants

With nearly 400,000 species of plants on the planet, it’s hard to feel confident learning to identify plants. Even if you can learn to identify the wildflowers in your area, there are garden flowers and invasive plants to worry about. It’s all really overwhelming. It...

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Introducing PlantSnap for Free!

Introducing PlantSnap for Free!

You can now get PlantSnap for free on Android and iOS! Free version users can get help instantly identifying flowers, trees, and all sorts of plant friends.     There were already other free plant identification apps out there, why would I want PlantSnap?...

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Seven Benefits of Eating Wild Plants

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 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?

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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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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How to Enjoy Botanical Gardens

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

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 to Find, Use, and Identify Common Sacred Plants

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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The Best Botanical Gardens of Central and South America

The Best Botanical Gardens of Central and South America

The botanical gardens of Central and South America are a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of this region's rainforests. Getting out to enjoy the sun and learn about the local flora is a great way to get to know the area that you’re visiting. Plant lovers will...

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How to Identify, Remove, and Treat Poison Ivy

How to Identify, Remove, and Treat Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is a well-known plant that’s common in the undergrowth of North America. With characteristic triads of leaves, it seems like it should be easy to identify poison ivy. However, there are several subspecies or varieties of poison ivy that make identification...

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9 Common Edible Plants You Probably Walk Past Every Week

9 Common Edible Plants You Probably Walk Past Every Week

Oh, sure, we all know about apples, blackberries, and dandelions. But what if you want to branch out a bit when foraging? There are all sorts of edible plants common to North America. Chances are, you probably walk past some of these common edible plants every week!...

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A Slightly Obsessive Guide to the Blackberries of the World

A Slightly Obsessive Guide to the Blackberries of the World

During a recent hike in Olympic National Park, I saw some strange berries - like blackberries, but pink. Confused, I pointed them out to my boyfriend and he explained they were salmonberries (scroll to "North American Blackberry Species" to see a photo). I definitely...

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The Forager’s Guide to Plant Identification

The Forager’s Guide to Plant Identification

Late summer and early fall is peak harvest. Driving around the countryside, you’ll see countless roadside stands for berries, then apples, then pumpkins. Foraging for wild food allows you to get the joy of eating ultra-local without waiting around for the farms to...

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12 Camping Activities to Try Next Time You’re on a Trip

12 Camping Activities to Try Next Time You’re on a Trip

Camping is a great way to get in touch with nature, bond with family or teammates, and learn about the natural world. If you don’t have camping activities planned in advance, it’s easy for this relaxing time to turn into boredom. Having a go-to-list of camping...

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The Ultimate Guide to Plant Identification with PlantSnap

The Ultimate Guide to Plant Identification with PlantSnap

A plant identification app makes it easier than ever to learn about the natural world. With a plant identifier app like PlantSnap, you can identify plants in your garden, along a hike, or for classroom activities. PlantSnap is the #1 plant identification app using...

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

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

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?

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

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...

read more
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...

read more
Learn How PlantSnap is Shazam for Plants

Learn How PlantSnap is Shazam for Plants

With nearly 400,000 species of plants on the planet, it’s hard to feel confident learning to identify plants. Even if you can learn to identify the wildflowers in your area, there are garden flowers and invasive plants to worry about. It’s all really overwhelming. It...

read more
Introducing PlantSnap for Free!

Introducing PlantSnap for Free!

You can now get PlantSnap for free on Android and iOS! Free version users can get help instantly identifying flowers, trees, and all sorts of plant friends.     There were already other free plant identification apps out there, why would I want PlantSnap?...

read more
Seven Benefits of Eating Wild Plants

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...

read more
The Seven Rules for Foraging for Wild Foods

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...

read more
What Are Invasive Plants and Why Are They Bad?

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...

read more
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...

read more
How to Enjoy Botanical Gardens

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....

read more
Why Tree Identification Is Easier Than Ever

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...

read more
How to Find, Use, and Identify Common Sacred Plants

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...

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

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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A Guide to James, Jellies, and Preserves: From Apples to Peaches

A Guide to James, Jellies, and Preserves: From Apples to Peaches

It’s that time of year - pumpkin spice lattes are all over everything, leaves are turning colors, and… you’re drowning in extra fruits and berries that you need to find a way to preserve. Or is that just me? While you might want to make jams or jellies year ‘round (I...

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Planning a Last Minute Winter Vegetable Garden

Planning a Last Minute Winter Vegetable Garden

As the summer growing season slows and leaves begin to turn, it’s nice to start thinking about all of the vegetables and greens that you can keep eating fresh all through the winter. Here are some tips to prepare your last minute winter vegetable garden! While the...

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A Slightly Obsessive Guide to the Blackberries of the World

A Slightly Obsessive Guide to the Blackberries of the World

During a recent hike in Olympic National Park, I saw some strange berries - like blackberries, but pink. Confused, I pointed them out to my boyfriend and he explained they were salmonberries (scroll to "North American Blackberry Species" to see a photo). I definitely...

read more
Seven Benefits of Eating Wild Plants

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...

read more
The Seven Rules for Foraging for Wild Foods

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...

read more
Seed Banks During Drought: How Plants Save During a Recession

Seed Banks During Drought: How Plants Save During a Recession

California wildflowers build seed banks during drought the same way a prudent employee saves money during a recession. According to a study published in Ecology in March of 2018, California’s wildflowers increased seed production over 200% during the 2012-2015...

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How to Grow a Medicinal Garden

How to Grow a Medicinal Garden

Growing a garden is a fun and rewarding pastime. Cultivating medicinal garden plants takes your backyard dirt patch to a whole new level. Luckily, it’s easy to plan a medicinal garden that’s both lovely and useful. Many common garden plants have medicinal qualities....

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How to Find, Use, and Identify Common Sacred Plants

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...

read more
How Moss Removes Arsenic from Water

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.  ...

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