Is the tomato a fruit or vegetable? It depends on your school of thought. Explore the topic botanically, horticulturally and from a homeowners perspective.
Portugal is wonderful for foraging because of the great diversity of edible plants that grow there. There are many herbs too that can be found growing wild, including fennel and milk thistle.
Unripe lychees and ackee fruits contain toxins. Both fruits should be eaten only when ripe. In addition, it's very important that ripe ackee is prepared properly.
There are supposedly dozens if not hundreds of poisonous herbs that grow around the world. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies warn us about these herbs..yet some of these herbs are used in our meds.
Anyone who has ever tripped and fallen knows that gravity works. The question is, how does it work for plants. What makes plants grow up and roots grow down? Geotropism is the answer.
Pentas lanceolata also known as starflower, Egyptian star clusters, Egyptian star flower & Egyptian stars is grown as ground cover plant. But do you know that it is also a medicinal plant?
An illustrated guide to some of the best-smelling flowers in the Hawaiian Islands. Includes colorful pictures and resource links.
Many species of plants living in nutrient poor environments utilise animals such as insects to derive nutrients. A variety of trap designs for capturing and killing insects have evolved in plants.
Buttercups and daisies are attractive wildflowers and a lovely part of summer. Daisies have edible parts that can be used in salads, but buttercups are toxic.
This article looks at the the ideas of Dorothy Retallack, who's 1973 book expressed strong ideas on the effects of music on plant growth.
As summer approaches and people go hiking in the woods, it becomes necessary to be able to spot harmful plants that can ruin a vacation or day out
Tomatoes are nutritious fruits with an interesting history, but they often lack flavor. Methods to improve taste and a discovery by scientists may both be helpful.
Discover a side of Minnesota you might not know about: flowers! 11 flower images and information on what they are and where they grow, including a short video. Take a poll at the end to vote for your favorite.
Insect pests, poor soil, the wrong light conditions, fungal infections, clumsy gardeners... All of these things can kill a tree. Find out how to fix many of these common issues.
Many crocuses bloom in the early spring and are a lovely sight. One type makes saffron. The toxic autumn crocus makes colchicine, which can act as a medicine.
The Cornell Plantations include hundreds of acres of the most tremendous flowers and trees from around the world. Thousands of people come to the area to take in the beauty and the mastery horiculture
Find all about palm trees, how they grow, flower, fruit and the uses people make of these marvelous plants...
This article is about the largest flower in the world, the Amorphophallus titanium. It is also called the Corpse Plant because of it's bad odor.
Pitcher plants produce cups that trap and digest prey. The digestive enzymes of one species can break down gluten and may help people with celiac disease.
Daffodils are beautiful spring flowers that have a wide variety of colours and shapes. Yellow daffodils are often used by cancer societies as a symbol of hope.
Most plants in the same family have similar characteristics. These similar characteristics can mostly be seen in their flowers.
Learn how to identify species of palm trees can be very useful when deciding which species to plant in your area. By studying the characteristics and USDA Climate Zones, your garden can be an oasis.
Whether you love it, hate it, or don’t know much about it, marijuana is becoming a part of many American’s lives. It's legal in many states for medical and recreational usage.
The rainbow eucalyptus is an unusual tree with a beautiful, multicoloured trunk. The trunk's colours change as the tree sheds strips of bark, creating living art.
This article will introduce the reader to several flowers that don't exactly look like flowers, but more like...something else.
The dragon blood tree of Socotra Island has an unusual appearance. It secretes a red resin known as dragon's blood when its bark is injured. The resin is used in many ways.
Rainforests are the natural world's powerhouse of diversity. Estimates of species numbers run as high as 50 million, and it is the trees that capture the energy that drives the forest...
Sunflowers are large, daisy-like flowers that open up to reveal hundreds of seeds in the middle. When you see a sunflower in your garden, you know that summer has finally arrived.
Learn the differences between angiosperms and gymnosperms and their relationship to coniferous and deciduous plants.
Overcrowding isn't good for plants. What are some of the tools and tricks plants use to spread their seeds. Read on an find out.
Oregon grape is an attractive plant with edible berries. The plant contains berberine, which may have important health benefits.
This exotic pest has naturalized itself in Florida and is looking to spread to other parts of the country.
There are many different types of plants, ranging from grand trees to tiny algae. This is an overview with pictures.
The largest leaves in the world belong to Raphia regalis, a species of Raffia Palm native to parts of Africa.
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.
Dandelions have culinary benefits and also produce a latex that can be used to make rubber. This is important, since the supply of natural rubber is decreasing.
Wild relatives of some major agricultural crops are in trouble. We need the genetic diversity in wild crops and the lower diversity present in cultivated ones to provide food security for the future.
This article deals with the characteristics of the three main types of oak trees - the white oak, the red oak and the black oak trees. Read on to find out more about these oak trees.
A comparison of the early growth of beans (dicot) versus corn (monocot). Tim Downey As you undoubtedly know, flowering plants are frequently separated into two different classes: the dicots and monocots. Apart from some superficial differences, such...
The experiments prove that music increases the plant growth. The visible light and sound in electromagnetic spectrum increase the photosynthesis and get converted and stored as chemical energies....
A detailed visual tour of the eukaryotic plant cell. Complete with videos, quizzes, links and summary tables. Excellent for A-level and higher.
The Himalayan blackberry is a beautiful plant in spring and summer. It produces delicious blackberries, but it's an invasive species and grows aggressively.
Ice plant is a succulent that is common in Tenerife. It gets its name because of the tiny crystals that cover its leaves and stems.
Parasitic plants obtain their food or nutrients from another plant. The relationship may last for a long time, but sometimes the parasite kills its host.
As autumn arrives, the leaves on many trees change color. Have you ever wondered why you see this spectacular display of red, yellow and gold?
The safflower plant provides a useful vegetable and cosmetic oil and an attractive dye for textiles. A genetically engineered form of the plant can make insulin.
Stem can be herbaceous and woody which is one of the main structural axes of a vascular plant. t is also an important part that holds the flowers and leaves of plants.
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.
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 giant hogweed causes burns and blisters. Grapefruit juice interferes with many medicines. The chemicals that cause these effects are called furanocoumarins.