By: Sammy Stein
Children are naturally curious and they love getting their hands on things - especially , it seems, things which involve mud and muck. Ask any keen gardener, horitculturalist, botanist or garden designer when their interest started and many of the will tell you they had the...
The meanings behind flower colors
By: B.W. Harold
Since Victorian times, flowers have been used to send messages between friends, family, and lovers. Some flower meanings depend upon the color. The best example of this is roses. Every color chosen has a meaning, a purpose. Here are some common flower shades that can...
By: Amelia Emery
It is always a wonder to see plants wake up from their winter dormancy and begin to produce flowers. How do they know that winter is over and that it is time to get ready for spring? Is it the change in temperature or the...
By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
Black pepper (Piper nigram) is a tropical vine that grows much like grapes. Its native home is Sri Lanka, South India and Burma. People around the world now grow this plant. The stems root easily and spread out. People know the dried fruit as peppercorn...
Plant profiles: Trailing arbutus
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
The Trailing Arbutus is a shrub that is a member of the Ericaceae family. The scientific classification is Epigaea repens. It grows low on the ground and spreads quickly. The native range for the Trailing Arbutus is from Newfoundland to Florida, the Northwest Territories and...
Plant profiles: Showy lady's slipper
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
The Showy Lady's slipper is sometimes known as the Queen's Lady's slipper or the Pink and White Lady's slipper. The scientific classification is Cypripedium reginae. The Lady's slipper orchid is native to northern North America. This orchid is very rare and probably always has been...
Plant profiles: Oconee bells
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
Oconee bells are a rare plant that lives in the Southern Applachians. It is a member of the family Dispensiaceae. The scientific classification for this plant is Shortia galacifolia. It is sometimes called Acony Bell or The Lost Shortia. An American botanist, Asa Gray would...
Plant profiles: Bittersweet
By: Judith C Evans
Known for its orange-red berries which appear in the fall, American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) is a perennial woody vine. Its dark green, ovate leaves grow up to 2 inches long and turn yellowish green in the fall. Its small, greenish, 4-petaled flowers bloom in May...
By: Shannon Farlouis
Some common myths about mushrooms include identification, especially if they are poisonous. Many people believe that all white mushrooms are safe to eat, but this is a myth. One hazardous white mushroom that is poisonous is called the "destroying angel." Another myth about mushrooms...
By: Johanna Richardson
Plant physiology is the study of Plants. A plant physiologist studies internal plant functions and their chemical basis to learn how they grow, process nutrients and reproduce. They look at the functions of the plant and al the processes that happen in plants within its...

 

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