Japanese Knotweed Facts and Problems: A Lovely Enemy
Japanese knotweed has some interesting features. Outside of its native habitat, it's often classified as invasive and a major nuisance that needs to be removed.
Spring Flowers of the Pacific Northwest: Facts and Photos
The coastal section of the Pacific Northwest area of North America has beautiful flowers in spring. I show and describe ten of these interesting species.
The Amaryllis Plant: Facts, Growth, and Care
Amaryllis plants are ornamental plants popular for their bright colors and large flowers. The amaryllis varieties bloom in beautiful colors of red, white, pink, and salmon. These plants are easy to grow and provide weeks of bloom time indoors as potted plants or cut flowers.
Caffeine Facts, Actions, and Effects in Humans and Bumblebees
Caffeine is a potentially useful chemical for humans and has interesting actions in our body. It can also help bumblebees deal with a harmful fungal infection.
Common Michigan Conifers: Cedars, Firs, the Hemlock, and the Tamarack
This article provides information on Michigan's commonest conifer trees other than the spruces or pines, including the White and Red Cedars, the White and Balsam Firs, the Hemlock, and the Tamarack (Larch) tree. Quality photos assist with identification.
Facts About the Desert Rose: Description, Adaptation, and Care
This article gives facts about the Desert Rose, including how to care for the plant.
4 Most Common Spruce Trees of Michigan
Identifying 4 most common Michigan spruce trees shared with the Central and Northeastern regions of the United States and Canada. Includes, the Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Black Spruce and Blue Spruce. Quality photos and photo-drawings assist identification.
Catnip Insect Repellent and the Function of TRPA1 Channels
Catnip contains nepetalactone. The chemical repels mosquitoes via its action on their TRPA1 channels. We contain these channels, but catnip doesn’t affect them.
What Is a Native Plant? How to Understand the Official Definition
The definition of the term "native plant" can seem very complicated, but there are some elements that help to keep it simple. The "official" definitions of native plants that come from official agencies all seem to have three basic elements in common.
10 Fun Facts About Trees
Trees are among the world's tallest living things, reaching heights of over 100 meters. The importance of these organisms is as the primary source of our sustenance: food, oxygen, shelter, woods, etc. This article will teach you some interesting facts about trees that you may not have known before.
Identifying 13 Common Native Michigan Trees Showing Autumn Colors
Identifying the thirteen most common deciduous native Michigan big-trees (also common in the Northeastern and Central regions of the US and Canada), including interesting facts. Quality photos accompany identifying features, including summer and autumn leaf photos.
20 Most Beautiful Native Flowers of the Philippines
This article includes images, photos, facts, and scientific names of the most beautiful flowers found in the Philippines.
Avocado Trees and Fruits: Botanical and Historical Facts
Avocado trees produce appealing and nutritious fruits. The plants have some interesting botanical features, and their historical background is intriguing.
9 Amazing Spring Blossom Trees and 8 Spring Flowering Shrubs
Everywhere we turn during the spring season, we are filled with awe just to see all the beautiful blossoms on the luxurious trees and showy shrubs! The following article features the most popular varieties with gorgeous photos, interesting facts, and growing tips. Be inspired!
Willow Trees and Shrubs: Interesting and Useful Plants
Willows are lovely plants with interesting features and uses. They make salicin, the forerunner of aspirin, and miyabeacin, which may fight some types of cancer.
Facts About the Persian Silk Tree and Tips for Care
The Persian silk tree is a deciduous, fast-growing tree with a spreading umbrella-like crown. It is well-known for its beautiful foliage and flowers. Read on to know more about the Persian silk tree.
How Do Roots Work? Functions, Structure, and Human Uses
Learn the four different functions of roots, the different parts of roots, and their importance in human life. Also explore how water is absorbed by plants' roots, as well as some unusual types of specialized root systems.
Goat’s Rue Plant, Metformin, and Medication Action in the Body
Goat's rue contains a chemical called galegine. Studying galegine enabled scientists to create a medication called metformin, which has multiple methods of action.
Interesting Facts About Maple Trees - Description and Uses
Maple trees belong to the genus Acer and family Sapindaceae. Maple trees are admired for their stunning display of fall leaf colors. This article is an in-depth look at the red maple, sugar maple, and silver maple trees.
American Sweet Gum Tree: An Attractive Plant With Spiky Fruits
The American sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) is a popular ornamental tree. Its leaves are a lovely colour in autumn, but its spiky fruits may cause problems.
The Beautiful Water Hyacinth: An Invasive Plant and a Biofuel
Water hyacinth is a beautiful and invasive plant that causes major problems. It has the ability to act as a great biofuel, especially when combined with cow dung.
Plant Extracts That May Fight Bacteria and Antibiotic Resistance
Research has shown that four plant extracts inhibit the growth of some dangerous bacteria in the lab. Three of them may have been helpful during the Civil War in America.
5 Dazzling Desert Floras of Saudi Arabia
Flamboyant flowers of wonderful colors, shape and form dominate the Saudi Arabian desert in springtime. The "barren" terrain is teeming with unique floras that delight not only plant enthusiasts but also anyone who has an eye for nature. You'll be surprised to know their great benefits, too.
Jackfruit Facts, Cacao Trees, and a Replacement for Cocoa
Jackfruit trees produce huge fruits. Cacao seeds are used to make cocoa, but the trees are in trouble. Jackfruit seed powder may be a good substitute for cocoa.
42 Facts About Western Red Cedar in Nature and Culture
Western red cedar (or redcedar) is a common and interesting tree in the Pacific Northwest area of North America. It was once important in First Nations culture.
The Manchineel Tree
Plants are a beautiful part of nature and a benefit to life on earth. They affect the food supply and the air we breathe. The Manchineel Tree is a poisonous example of plant life. Marked in the Guinness World Book of Records as the most dangerous tree on earth, one bite of its fruit may be fatal.
America's Vanished Treasures: The American Chestnut Tree
The fate of an American landmark is one of the saddest stories in recent history. The American Chestnut tree was an integral part of the forest landscape when settlers arrived on American shores. However after a airborne virus was introduced, the trees were wiped out by the billions.
Facts About Ferns and the Western Sword Fern in British Columbia
Ferns are attractive plants with interesting features. They exist in wild and cultivated forms. The western sword fern is common in coastal British Columbia.
The Critically Endangered Abutilon Menziesii (Ko‘oloa‘ula) Plant: Endemic to Hawaii and Declining
The Abutilon menziesii is a native plant in Hawaii, endemic and federally listed as a critically endangered species with only about 500 plants remaining in fewer than 10 naturally-occurring populations throughout the Hawaiian islands. This sprawling shrub is known as Koʻoloa ʻula in Hawaii.
English and Spanish Bluebells: Features, Facts, and Problems
Lovely English and Spanish bluebells and hybrids between the two species live in British Columbia and Britain. The plants are experiencing or causing a problem.
Hellebores: Beautiful Flowers of Late Winter and Spring
Hellebores bloom in late winter and spring. The flowers are a lovely sight in gardens and landscaped areas. Lenten and Christmas roses are types of hellebores.
Carnauba Palms and Candelilla Shrubs: Plants and Their Wax
The carnauba palm and the candelilla shrub are interesting plants that produce a useful wax. Many people are exposed to the wax via products that they buy.
Crop Wild Relatives for Genetic Diversity and Food Security
Wild relatives of agricultural crops are in trouble, which could be a major problem. The genetic diversity in wild crops may provide food security for the future.