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5 Fun Facts About Horticulture

1. Banana plants are large herbs, distantly related to ginger. They are considered an herb because they never form woody stems the way trees do. The pseudo-stem begins as a small shoot from an underground rhizome called a corm. It grows upward as a single stalk with a tight spiral of leaf sheaths wrapped around it. Banana leaves are simply extensions of the sheaths.

2. Spanish Moss is not a moss; it is actually a bromeliad, the same as succulent houseplants and pineapples. Guess what, it’s not from Spain either! It is native to Mexico, South America, America and the Caribbean. French explorers in the United States were reminded of Spanish Conquistadors long beards when they saw the moss and gave it the name Spanish Moss.

3. The average strawberry has 200 seeds. It's the only fruit that bears its seeds on the outside. Learn more about strawberries here.

4. Some plants are carnivores, gaining nutrients by eating various small insects and spiders. A well-known example of a carnivorous plant is the Venus flytrap.

5. An apple is 25% air and that is why it floats in water.

I hope you enjoyed the fun facts this week. I am sure you have some more of your own and we would appreciate them in the comments section if you would like to share them.

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Richard Restuccia

Richard is a water management evangelist. He believes passionately in water efficiency and sees the financial and social benefits far too often to keep a secret. Richard is a spokesperson at industry events and on the Hill to provide direction and insight on landscape water management best practices. Richard puts his words into action through service on various boards and committees. He served on the Irrigation Association’s Board of Directors. Richard also writes for other publications and is an award winning contributor to Lawn & Landscape Magazine. In 2014 his efforts were recognized with a “Leadership in Landscape” award. He has a great interest in the supply of clean water for people in developing countries and as an outdoorsman, spends his free time running, swimming and surfing.


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