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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 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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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...

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Top 7 Mosquito Repellent Plants

Top 7 Mosquito Repellent Plants

Looking forward to spring and summer, it’s time to start thinking about the downsides of warmer weather… mosquitos. As much of a downer as these biting bugs can be, they’re a fact of life for warmer months. But did you know that there are mosquito repellent plants?...

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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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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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5 Edible Desert Plants

5 Edible Desert Plants

The desert may not be the first place you would go looking for wild food. It actually has far more to offer than meets the eye.

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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,...

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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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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...

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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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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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What Do Botanists Do?

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

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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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 a Parasitic Plant Hacks the Genes of its Host

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

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 Botany Twitter and a Bumblebee Rediscovered a Rare Plant

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

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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