What Coca Means in Peru
Coca has a long history of use in Peru: for sacred ritual, economic productivity, courtship and celebration of life events.
A Weed is but an Unloved Flower
"Whatever Otherness weeds may possess, it is an outcome of human artifice.”
Plant of the Month: Garlic Mustard
As garlic mustard naturalized in North America, it became a popular plant to forage for impoverished and rural communities.
Plant of the Month: Elderberry
The recent entrance of elderberry into mainstream success is marked by an increasing popular desire to engage with traditional, “natural” remedies.
Plant of the Month: Jackfruit
The newly hot alternative to meat has a long history.
Plant of the Month: The Pawpaw
The pawpaw is finding champions again after colonizers' dismissal, increasing globalization and economic needs.
Plant of the Month: Robusta Coffee
What’s there to love about “bad” coffee? For much of the world, plenty.
Plant of the Month: Sarsaparilla
From an early modern treatment for syphilis to Saturday-morning cartoons, the meaning and significance of the plant has transformed through time and space.
Plant of the Month: Tree of Life
Indigenous people in North America used the conifer as an effective cure for scurvy during cold winters.
Plant of the Month: Cordyline
Plantfluencers? Back in the nineteenth century, it was the dazzling leaves of cordyline that set trends in domestic style.