Plant of the Month: Cordyline
Plantfluencers? Back in the nineteenth century, it was the dazzling leaves of cordyline that set trends in domestic style.
Plant of the Month: The Sensitive Plant
This plant’s animal-like behavior and alleged love-provoking abilities have sparked the imagination of everyone from early modern yogis to today’s scientists.
When Botany Was for Ladies
In nineteenth century America, young women took to studying botany—a conjoining of interest, social acceptance, and readily available schooling.
The Race to Name New Species
Habitats are being destroyed so rapidly that species can go extinct before they are even named.
The Woman Agrostologist Who Held the Earth Together
When government wouldn't fund female fieldwork, Agnes Chase pulled together her own resources.
The Metamorphosis of a 17th-Century Insect Artist
Maria Sibylla Merian's work in the natural sciences was overlooked for centuries. Now a rare butterfly has been named in her honor.
The Other Side of Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter's biography covers a lot more than just cute bunnies getting into trouble in mean old Mr. McGregor's farm. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
The Surprising Frequency of Interspecies Mating
Sometimes different but related species can reproduce. When two different species successfully mate, the resulting offspring is called a hybrid.
What Would Alien Life on Other Planets Look Like?
Predictions on alien life on other planets.
Got Plants? You May Also Have Diamonds!
The use of plants as indicators for specific environmental conditions