Monocarpic Plants

For those of you who are into botanical trivia, see if you can answer the following existential (having to do with life and death) question: What do carrots, radishes, lettuce, agaves, fishtail palms...

Perfumed Hydrangeas and Other Delights

Kate Karam says she has the greatest job in the world.  Karam edits newsletters and authors a blog for Monrovia Nursery, in addition to dialoguing with people in the media about what the world’s larg...

Fleru-de-lis is Really an Iris

When the mob overthrew the monarchy during the French Revolution, one of the first acts of the new governing authority was to remove the flower that had been visible for centuries on flags, shields, ...

‘Mona Lavender’ is Close to Perfect

“My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky.” This uninhibited and passionate confession was penned by William Wordsworth, a British poet, in 1802. The world has certainly changed in the in...

No Plant is Completely Pet Safe

I recently received an email asking me to address the pet safety of plants discussed in this column.  It is easy to comply with this request since no plant is completely pet safe.  While it is highly...

The Secret Life of Poinsettias

“The Secret Life of Plants” was a popular book published in 1973 which made seemingly outrageous claims that plants respond to stimuli in human ways. Plants would grow better when soft music, as oppo...