Watch Plants Sprout And Grow In Seconds, In These Astonishing Timelapses

Nature is full of small miracles — you see them everywhere you look, but they often happen too slowly to appreciate. Which is why these timelapse videos, showing germination from seed to fully grown plant, are so astonishing. Check out the most inspirational plant germination videos on the internet! » 3/24/15 3:30pm Tuesday 3:30pm

Why You Should Find This Plant Absolutely Terrifying

This is Puya chilensis, a plant found in Chile. Did you know it's the botanical equivalent of an Edgar Allan Poe story? Here's why this plant is a house of horrors. » 2/24/15 4:00pm 2/24/15 4:00pm

After waiting 80 years to flower, this huge plant has just one month to live. Following a growth spurt that saw the unusually old American agave plant grow to 28 feet tall, it's now in a period of decline. Thankfully, the "tons" of seeds it finally produced from its pods will be distributed to botanical gardens… » 2/24/15 2:30pm 2/24/15 2:30pm

Kale, Cauliflower, And Collards All Belong To The Same Species 

The species? Brassica oleracea. Its other varieties include cabbage, broccoli, savoy, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts, to name just a few commercially relevant examples. How did one species of plant come to be so diverse? Selective human breeding and exceptional genetic diversity. » 2/19/15 9:40am 2/19/15 9:40am

Watch An Acorn Turn Into An Oak Sapling In This Eight-Month Timelapse

It takes just three minutes to watch this video, but it covers eight months of an oak tree's life. First, we go underground, where the plant slowly bursts from its shell, and eventually above ground, where it shoots up into a young tree. » 2/05/15 3:20pm 2/05/15 3:20pm

These Gorgeous Planters Made From Reclaimed Furniture Are Truly Gothic

So you've got that one crappy old chair that most definitely does not tie the room together. Why not take a page from Brazilian artist Rodrigo Bueno, whose love of nature has literally grown together with his creative spirit. » 1/02/15 4:40pm 1/02/15 4:40pm

Why Does the World Need Black and White Tomatoes?

Ever been chopping a salad or assembling a sandwich and thought, "Dammit, I sure wish tomatoes weren't so damn red all the time"? British breeders Suttons Seeds, who already perfected the black tomato, have created the world's first black and white tomato plant, reports the Daily Mail: » 12/19/14 3:30pm 12/19/14 3:30pm

​Plants Know When They're Being Eaten Alive

When an insect chews on a leaf, it might not kill the plant, but that doesn't mean the plant is fine with it. In fact, the plant can deploy a variety of defenses to drive off the munching critter. But how do plants "know" they are being eaten? A new study has some intriguing answers. » 10/20/14 1:40pm 10/20/14 1:40pm

Surreal Collages of Animals, Plants, and Body Parts Are Subtly Creepy

Put these on your walls for a classier Halloween vibe than the one at my home. (I once recreated the X-Files "I Want to Believe " poster entirely in pumpkin.) Seriously, though, these are somehow scarier than the fake blood handprints that just won't come off the walls. (Another decorating decision I've made in the… » 10/07/14 1:30am 10/07/14 1:30am

One Weird Trick for Controlling the Spread of Invasive Plants

You might assume, by virtue of being called the "common reed," that it's a common element of Eastern United States marshes. And you'd be right. But the common reed is an invader from the Old World, and it must be stamped out. Kill it with fire, etc. » 10/03/14 3:01am 10/03/14 3:01am

Is Groot A Plant, An Animal, Or A Fungus?

Groot's response to the question would probably be a simple "I am Groot!", but does the evidence suggest that Groot is a plant, an animal, or perhaps a fungus? » 8/04/14 4:20pm 8/04/14 4:20pm

Behold These Incredible Works Of Architecture Made Out Of Living Trees

Now these are the ultimate tree houses. Living trees are guided into the shapes of towers, cathedrals, and pavilions, creating wooden structures that continue to grow and bud and bloom. » 8/01/14 3:20pm 8/01/14 3:20pm

A Map of How Much Pollution Trees Have Scrubbed From Our Air

In 2010, trees removed more than 17 million metric tons of pollution from the air. In doing so, they saved more than $6.8 billion dollars in health care costs associated with pollution-related diseases, like bronchitis and asthma. » 8/01/14 6:07pm 8/01/14 6:07pm

Plants Are Actually Kind of Evil

Generally speaking, plants get filed under the "boring" category. Occasionally, they smell nice, look pretty, or provide some tasty food, but that's about it. Until you realize that these immobile life forms are engaged in a terrifying daily battle that involves theft, slavery, eavesdropping — and explosives. » 7/24/14 12:00pm 7/24/14 12:00pm

This Creepy Invasive Plant Is Wreaking Havoc In North America

The Giant hogweed, a long-stemmed plant originally from Central Asia, is currently spreading like wildfire around certain parts of the United States and Canada. Not only is it drowning out the local flora, it's also a noxious weed that, when touched, can cause blisters, long-lasting scars — and even blindness. » 7/17/14 4:40pm 7/17/14 4:40pm

What Will Bioengineered Plants Be Like In The Future?

As we head deeper into the GMO era, it's fair to wonder just how far we can manipulate the biology of plants. Here are a few possibilities — from spore-spewing super-plants to delicious hamburgatoes. » 4/09/14 11:00pm 4/09/14 11:00pm

This Parasite Can Hijack A Plant's Reproductive System

Researchers in the UK have unlocked the mystery behind a freaky bacterial pathogen that hijacks a plant's reproductive capacities — a nefarious process that essentially converts hosts into the living dead. » 4/09/14 12:20pm 4/09/14 12:20pm

Plants Use Weapons To Compete Against Each Other During Reproduction

It's not uncommon for males of various species to physically battle it out in an effort to win over females. But plants, because they can't move or fully sense their environment, don't partake in this reproductive process. Well, at least that's what we thought. » 3/20/14 1:40pm 3/20/14 1:40pm

New evidence that plants can "think" about future risks

Plants may not have a cerebral cortex, but that doesn't mean they haven't evolved effective forms of alternative intelligence. As a recent study of the Barberry and its parasites shows, some plants exhibit a form of memory — and even anticipate future risks. » 3/05/14 11:40am 3/05/14 11:40am

New evidence that plants get their energy using quantum entanglement

Biophysicists theorize that plants tap into the eerie world of quantum entanglement during photosynthesis. But the evidence to date has been purely circumstantial. Now, scientists have discovered a feature of plants that cannot be explained by classical physics alone — but which quantum mechanics answers quite nicely. » 1/10/14 4:00pm 1/10/14 4:00pm