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15

Jul

Mother Nature offers a bounty of helpful and healing plant life, and the leaves, flowers, bark and berries of plants have been used for centuries to cure everything from hunger to headaches. The next time you’re in the great outdoors and find yourself in need of anything from aspirin to toilet paper, take a look around and help yourself to some of the Earth’s most useful wild plants.10 remarkably useful plants you can find in the wild

Mother Nature offers a bounty of helpful and healing plant life, and the leaves, flowers, bark and berries of plants have been used for centuries to cure everything from hunger to headaches. The next time you’re in the great outdoors and find yourself in need of anything from aspirin to toilet paper, take a look around and help yourself to some of the Earth’s most useful wild plants.
10 remarkably useful plants you can find in the wild

10

Jul

Can plants ‘hear’ themselves being eaten?New study shows that plants mount an immune response to the mere sound of a chomping insect.

Can plants ‘hear’ themselves being eaten?
New study shows that plants mount an immune response to the mere sound of a chomping insect.

25

Jun

50 insane facts about plantsFrom record-breaking sunflowers to the amazing number of plants used in medicine, this post is loaded with factoids about all of your favorite greenery.

50 insane facts about plants
From record-breaking sunflowers to the amazing number of plants used in medicine, this post is loaded with factoids about all of your favorite greenery.

03

Jun

Don’t buy birdseed — grow itHere are 10 flowering plants that look gorgeous and reward you with seeds.

Don’t buy birdseed — grow it
Here are 10 flowering plants that look gorgeous and reward you with seeds.

27

Apr

15 houseplants that improve indoor air quality

01

Apr

Is that plant dead?As winter comes to an end, it’s time to check your garden’s vital signs. Here’s how.

Is that plant dead?
As winter comes to an end, it’s time to check your garden’s vital signs. Here’s how.

12

Mar

It’s National Plant a Flower Day!
Ever thought of planting flowers with a shotgun?

It’s National Plant a Flower Day!

Ever thought of planting flowers with a shotgun?

02

Mar

Grow lights 101: Help your indoor plants thriveBecause sometimes photosynthesis needs a little help.

Grow lights 101: Help your indoor plants thrive
Because sometimes photosynthesis needs a little help.

27

Jan

What if a plant could light up a room?One company has created bioluminescent plants as an alternative to light sources that consume electricity.

What if a plant could light up a room?
One company has created bioluminescent plants as an alternative to light sources that consume electricity.

26

Jan

In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Lucky for us the plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air.15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality

In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Lucky for us the plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air.
15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality