Plant Fun Facts!

Here are some interesting and funny facts that I found about different plants. If you want a little light reading, continue on... :)

  • An African bugleweed synthesises in its tissues a substance similar to the hormone that controls the development of caterpillars. If a caterpillar is persuaded, experimentally, to ingest that substance, then when it turns into a butterfly it will develop two heads and die. -David Attenborough, The Private Life of Plants, p70 
 Blue Bugleweed
  • 84% of a raw apple and 96% of a raw cucumber is water.  
  • A notch in a tree will remain the same distance from the ground as the tree grows.  
  • A pineapple is a berry.  
  • Arrowroot, an antidote for poisoned arrows, is used as a thickener in cooking (so if you ever get shot with a poison arrow, do not go to a doctor, look in your kitchen cabinet. 
  • Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.  
  • Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew cannabis sativa (marijuana) on their plantations.  
  • In the Netherlands, in 1634, a collector paid 1,000 pounds of cheese, four oxen, eight pigs, 12 sheep, a bed, and a suit of clothes for a single bulb of the Viceroy tulip.  
  • No species of wild plant produces a flower or blossom that is absolutely black, and so far, none has been developed artificially.  
  • Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.  
  • Peanuts are beans.  
  • Quinine, one of the most important drugs known to man, is obtained from the dried bark of an evergreen tree native to South America. 
  • The California redwood - coast redwood and giant sequoia - are the tallest and largest living organism in the world.  
    Redwoods State Park
  • The largest single flower is the Rafflesia or "corpse flower". They are generally 3 feet in diameter with the record being 42 inches. 
  • The oldest living thing in existence is not a giant redwood, but a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California, dated to be aged 4,600 years old.  
 Bristlecone Pine Tree
  • The rose family of plants, in addition to flowers, gives us apples, pears, plums, cherries, almonds, peaches and apricots.  
  • Asparagus is a member of the lily family, which also includes onions, leeks, and garlic. 
  • The bright orange color of carrots tell you they are an excellent source of Vitamin A which is important for good eyesight, especially at night. Vitamin A helps your body fight infection, and keeps your skin and hair healthy.  
  • Onions contain a mild antibiotic that fights infections, soothes burns, tames bee stings and relieves the itch of athletes foot. 
  • One bushel of corn will sweeten more than 400 cans of pop.
One Bushel of Corn