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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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