You think your house plans just sit around motionless all day? Think again.
Leaves of Mimosa pudica plant fold inward and droop when touched or shaken, defending themselves from harm.
In the late 80s NASA studied house plants as a means of providing cleaner and purer air for their space stations. They found Peace Lilies and Chrysanthemums to be the best all rounders at air filtering.
Forced rhubarb, grown by candlelight in otherwise pitch-black sheds, grows so quickly you can actually hear it make sound – popping, cracking and snapping.
On September 15 1989, NASA published a comprehensive report on house plants that are best for cleaning indoor air pollution.
Plants can ‘hear’ flowing water: plant roots seek out buried pipes through which water flows even if the exterior of the pipe is dry.
Not only are trees and other plants interconnected, but trees will trade food between one another; a sick tree will transfer its energy stores to other healthy trees including trees of other species along with distress signals that may help other trees prepare themselves for trouble.
A single, lone cycad tree, the dominant tree during the dinosaur era, was discovered in Africa in 1895. They have yet to find a mate to pollinate it.
Kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and kohlrabi were all selectively bred from the mustard plant.
The Thousand-year Rose that grows on a wall of a Catholic cathedral in Hildesheim, Germany is believed to be the world’s oldest rose.