20 Fun Facts About Plants
Plants are fascinating things and there is loads to learn about them. Here is a list of 20 fun facts that we thought you might enjoy!
- The very expensive spice, saffron, comes from a type of crocus flower.
- The juice from bluebell flowers was used historically to make glue.
- Asparagus is a member of the Lily family.
- In the 1600s, tulip bulbs in Holland were worth more than gold, which in turn led to a crash of the Dutch economy.
- 84% of an apple is water, 96% for a cucumber. An earthworm is 80% water.
- The word "fruit" is a botanical term, while "vegetable" is a culinary term.
- A notch in a tree will stay the same distance from the ground as the tree grows.
- Peanuts are NOT nuts but are related to beans and lentils.
- Bamboo is the fastest-growing woody plant in the world; it can grow 35 inches in a single day.
- Vanilla flavoring comes from the pod of an orchid, Vanilla planifolia. Though the pods are called vanilla beans, they're more closely related to corn than green beans.
- Small pockets of air inside cranberries cause them to bounce and float in water.
- The first potatoes were cultivated in Peru about 7,000 years ago.
- The average strawberry has 200 seeds. It's the only fruit that bears its seeds on the outside.
- The tears during cutting an onion are caused by sulphuric acid present in them.
- A sunflower looks like one large flower, but each head is composed of hundreds of tiny flowers called florets, which ripen to become the seeds.
- Oak trees are struck by lightning more than any other tree.
- The smell of freshly-cut grass is actually a plant distress call.
- There are over 200,000 identified plant species and the list is growing all the time.
- 90 percent of the foods humans eat come from just 30 plants.
- An average size tree can provide enough wood to make 170,100 pencils.
We hope you enjoyed our list of 20 fun facts about plants!