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Gooey Seeds

Some seeds can get pretty sticky when water gets involved. Anyone that has ever tried to grow a Chia pet or put chia seeds into water will know what I mean. The seeds of chia (Salvia hispanica) are but one example of seeds that turn gooey with water. The question is, why do they do this What role does sticky mucilage play in the reproductive cycle of plants around the globeIt turns out that seed mucilage is an extremely usef...


An Intruiguing Relationship Between Ants and Cacti

The extrafloral nectaries of Pachycereus gatesii appear as tiny red bumps just below the areole. It’s hard to think of a group of plants that are better defended than cacti. Frequently and often elaborately adorned with vicious spines, these succulents make any animal think twice about trying to take a bite. And yet, for some cacti, spines don’t seem to cut it. A surprising amount...


The Prairie Peninsula

North American prairies are some of the most endangered habitat types on the planet. Once covering vast swaths of the continent representing the arid rain shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the prairies now occupy only 1% of their former range. We have converted most of that land into agriculture and sub-developments. It may surprise many of you to learn that following the retreat of the Pleistocene glaciers, a subset of prairie...


Meeting One of North America's Rarest Oaks

A post (and photos) by Robbie Q. Telfer“Every species is a masterpiece, exquisitely adapted to the particular environment in which it has survived.”-- E.O. mothereffin WilsonOne of the perks of working at The Morton Arboretum is you get to see cool lectures on tree science for free. At one such program, Dr. Mary Ashley from the University of Illinois at Chicago was sharing her research on oak pollen and how far it can travel...


An Iris With Multiple Parents

The Abbeville iris (Iris nelsonii) is a very special plant. It is the rarest of the so-called “Louisiana Irises” and can only be found growing naturally in one small swamp in southern Louisiana. If you are lucky, you can catch it in flower during a few short weeks in spring. The blooms come in a range of colors from reddish-purple to nearly brown, an impressive sight to see siting atop tall, slender stems. However, the most ...


The Succulent Passionflowers

Succulent passionflowers! It took me a minute to get my head wrapped around the idea. It wasn’t until I saw one in flower that I truly understood. The genus Adenia is found throughout east and west Africa, Southeast Asia, and hits its peak diversity in Madagascar. It comprises approximately 100 species and, as a whole, is poorly understood. Today I would like to introduce you to this bizarre genus within Passifloraceae. ...


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    Herb Vinaigrette & Marinade Maker. The perfect companion to the abundant fresh herb harvests from your AeroGarden. Just add oil and vinegar to pre-measured ...(more)

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