Did you know that wild ginseng root can actually be found right here in America's national parks and private woodlands?
Plants have a reputation for being motionless, passive and boring. These 20 plants challenge this mundane stereotype. I threw in a few fungi; I cheated a little. Enjoy!
Who doesn't love oak trees? They're big, beautiful, useful, and can live for hundreds of years. Here's a list of some, with pictures of bark and leaf descriptions to aid in identification. Happy oak hunting!
There are many different types of plants, ranging from grand trees to tiny algae. This is an overview with pictures.
Parasitic plants obtain their food or nutrients from another plant. The parasitic relationship may last for a long time, but sometimes the parasite kills its host.
Horse chestnut trees are beautiful ornamental plants. They produce a nut-like seed called a conker that is used to play a traditional game known as conkers.
For some duckweed is a menace, for others it's a Godsend. Here in Brazil, we have built duckweed ponds and are encouraging it to grow to use as an animal feed . This is just one of its many uses.
The hedge bindweed or morning glory twines around other plants and interferes with their growth. Bindweed produces large and beautiful flowers in summer.
The monkey puzzle tree is a very strange and interesting plant. It's native to South America but grows in parks and gardens in other areas as an introduced plant.
Things you may not know about Helianthus annus, the sunflower.