Saturday, March 08, 2008

Fun Plant Facts from "Live Science"

I found these fun plant tidbits when I came upon the Live Science website.

Here for your delectation are such things as:

World's Fastest Plant: New Speed Record Set

Even Two Peas in a Pod Can't Get Along

Mystery Solved: How Plants Know When to Flower

Top 10 Poisonous Plants

How Roots Know Where to Grow

And, last but not least,
Cities Force Plants to Evolve

All the things you wanted to know about plants but didn't know to ask. :)


Blogger Benjamin Vogt said...

Great stuff! Thank you so much for posting! I especially like the bit about city plants evolving--I keep reading how evolution takes millenia at least, but for this one plant, maybe not.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Hey, this was a great post. I loved the top 10 poisonous plants, people always ask me about that and now I will have an answer.

Welcome to Blotanical!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Benjamin,
Wasn't that a fascinating article. I wonder how the plant knows that wind blown seeds weren't successful? Do they send some kind of signal or communicate in some way that we don't know about? Or, does the plant sense there's a lot of pavement around it somehow and realizes the wind blown method wouldn't be successful? That would point to some kind of cognitive ability wouldn't it?


Hi Melanie,

I don't know how they came up with this top 10 but there are other common plants that are as poisonous such as dumb cane Dieffenbachia, all parts of the Hellebore, etc. My grandfather used to eat the petals of a certain kind of chrysanthemum saying it was medicinal so chrysanthemums can't be that poisonous since he lived to be 83. And we drink chamomile tea which flowers are a cousin of the chrysanthemum and within the same family Asteraceae. Still a fun and entertaining read and an eye opener since I didn't know rhododendrons were toxic. Thanks for your comment.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Just what we need, Ki - more stuff to read and check out!

The twin peas seeing each other as aliens was very interesting.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

11:17 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I love knowledge.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Isn't that the truth Annie. Gosh how many more facts can my brain absorb. This is on the order of "too many notes Mozart".

I guess that's the end of the homily "like two peas in a pod" eh?


I do too Jenn. Unfortunately my mind is a sieve so I don't remember much after a few days or sometimes even a few hours ;(

But, sometimes that's good. Things are constantly new! Hey isn't that what the Zen aspirants want to achieve? View everything with a fresh mind? Ahh, Satori.

7:08 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

Love the factoids! I was amused to see that I grow nearly all of the poisonous plants listed...I don't FEEL diabolical! ;-)

11:49 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

I wish the deer and squirrels would eat the poisonous plants and leave the tulips and crocus alone. We planted a whole slope of both and the deer eat the tender tulip leaves and the squirrels dig up the crocus bulbs or chew off the new growth. I'm getting the hot pepper sauce out. Where's the bottle of Dave's Insanity sauce? That'l make you diabolical, muuuaaahahaha.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

That was a fun post, esp to learn I have two of the top ten poisonous plants-oleander and anthurium.
I actually tried planting 2 tomato plants in on hole this year, since I read California growers do this to make the plants compete for nutrients, and thus send out more fruit.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Nicole,
I didn't think anthuriums were poisonous but we heard lots of scary stories of oleander, mainly people dying when they usedthe nice straight sticks to skewer wieners to roast over a fire. Probably an urban legend but it made a big impression on us kids.

Interesting idea planting two tomatoes together. I wonder if the fruits though more numerous will be smaller? Let us know. Thanks for stopping by.

6:46 AM  

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