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Amazon is selling a $15 plant that attracts butterflies like a magnet

Monarch butterflies search for milkweed (asclepias) plants during their spring migration. Amazon is selling a a set of three milkweed roots for $US14.99 that can help you attract monarch butterflies to your garden. The endangered, orange-and-black creatures exclusively lay their eggs on the flowering plant. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more […]
Amazon is selling a $15 plant that attracts butterflies like a magnet
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12 of the most difficult houseplants to keep alive

Some plants are a bit more difficult to keep alive as they require certain levels of humidity, consistent temperature levels, or specific amounts of water. Zebra plants, orchids, and gardenias can be difficult to keep alive. Peacock and Wandering Jew plants shouldn’t be kept in direct sunlight because it could […]
12 of the most difficult houseplants to keep alive
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How did CBD oil become a $1 billion industry?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it’s part of the cannabis plant from which we also get marijuana. However, this component isn’t intoxicating like THC and it’s believed to have therapeutic properties. We spoke with Martin A. Lee, author of “Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and […]
How did CBD oil become a $1 billion industry?
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Why this cactus is listed for $250,000

NYC’s Cactus Store offers a wide range of unusual plants for sale, but their rarest is a Haageocereus tenuis, listed for sale on their website for $US250,000. Gifted to the store’s owners by a collector, the remaining population of the plant is expected to go extinct by 2024. Following is […]
Why this cactus is listed for $250,000
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The tallest lifeforms of all time

Gravity’s pull prevents most beings from growing tall. But there are some lifeforms that have challenged gravity and won. These lifeforms include varieties of trees, ancient dinosaurs, and creatures of the deep ocean. The following is a transcript of the video. If you doubled in size, your weight would be […]
The tallest lifeforms of all time
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A Virginia teen suffered third-degree burns after touching an invasive weed that can cause severe burns, blisters, scars, and blindness — here’s what you should know about giant hogweed

A 17-year-old boy named Alex Childress suffered third-degree burns after encountering giant hogweed while working at a landscaping job near Spotsylvania, Virginia. Giant hogweed, an invasive plant, was recently discovered in Virginia for the first time. Giant hogweed sap can make skin extremely sensitive to the sun, leading to third-degree […]
A Virginia teen suffered third-degree burns after touching an invasive weed that can cause severe burns, blisters, scars, and blindness — here’s what you should know about giant hogweed
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The 9 most dangerous plants in the world

At the height of North American summer, many plants are at their most dangerous. We don’t normally think of plants as particularly scary organisms. But this rather entertaining Reddit thread from 2016 will make you reconsider that assumption. “Botanists of reddit, what are the scariest plants in the world?” user […]
The 9 most dangerous plants in the world
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By 2015, NASA Will Be Growing Turnips And Basil On The Moon

NASA will begin trying to grow a few plants on the moon by 2015, according to a NASA press release. The Independent reported the news earlier this morning. Those plants, which will be grown in a small habitat and fed water, will include basil, turnips and a white flower called […]
By 2015, NASA Will Be Growing Turnips And Basil On The Moon
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This multi-coloured corn is real and there’s a fantastic story behind it

Oklahoma farmer Carl Barnes, who died in 2016, isolated types of corn from his Native American ancestors. Barnes saved and replanted seeds from particularly colourful cobs. A fellow farmer started growing larger plots of the rainbow-coloured corn and made new strains with more vibrant colours and patterns. Glass Gem corn, […]
This multi-coloured corn is real and there’s a fantastic story behind it
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Hiking Through Peru Showed One Journalist The True Dangers Of Climate Change

Rising sea levels and more extreme temperatures aren’t the only problems we can anticipate as the Earth warms. Climate change is causing local extinctions of plants and animals — and in places like the Amazon basin, these plants are moving to higher or lower ground in response to changing environments. […]
Hiking Through Peru Showed One Journalist The True Dangers Of Climate Change
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Spring May Start In February By The End Of The Century

[credit provider=”Flickr/[email protected]″] Summer-lovers rejoice: Climate change will make spring come earlier and summer last longer in the Northeast, new research suggests. Up to five weeks earlier in some cases, if the latest study is right.A new study suggests that by 2100 this spring “budburst” — when buds turn into leaves […]
Spring May Start In February By The End Of The Century
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How The Venus Fly Trap Grabs Bugs With Its Speedy Grasp

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Digested_fly.JPG”] Plants aren’t typically known for their speed, but the carnivorous Venus flytrap can close its jaw-like leaves in the blink of an eye.Charles Darwin once referred to the Venus flytrap as “one of the most wonderful plants in the world.”
How The Venus Fly Trap Grabs Bugs With Its Speedy Grasp
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Your Allergies Are About To Get Even Worse

[credit provider=”William Brawley via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/williambrawley/4195919691/”] Allergy sufferers may want to stock up on meds. According to new research, America’s pollen counts may more than double in the next three decades.The culprit is climate change, as warmer temperatures lead to longer blooming seasons for allergenic plants such as ragweed, said […]
Your Allergies Are About To Get Even Worse
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The Future Of Tasty Beer Lies In The Barley Genome

[credit provider=”Flickr/cogocogo” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogocogo/6860681040/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Next time you sit down with a frosty brew, remember the humble barley plant. Researchers have just decoded the plant’s genome, which could lead to tastier beers and make the crop more resistant to weather changes brought on by climate change.Barley is the world’s fourth most important […]
The Future Of Tasty Beer Lies In The Barley Genome
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Naked Monk Found In German Forest Was Tripping On Berries

[credit provider=”Public domain (Kurt Stüber) “] Hallucinogenic berries, not religious experience, likely caused the strange behaviour of a scraped-up monk who was discovered stumbling naked through a German forest last Thursday (Sept. 6), according to NBC.A concerned hiker who spotted the naked man and tried unsuccessfully to assist him notified […]
Naked Monk Found In German Forest Was Tripping On Berries
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