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23 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Plant Kingdom

Sure, they've been around for about 500 million years at this point, but there's still plenty to learn about our little leafy friends.

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3. Plants are capable of recognizing their siblings and will give them preferential treatment, competing less for valuable resources like root space than when surrounded by plants that are strangers.

6. There's a garden in England dedicated to plants that kill.

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Its creator, the Dutchess of Northumberland thought that "most children I knew would be more interested in hearing how a plant killed, how long it would take you to die if you ate it and how gruesome and painful the death might be."


16. The entire dandelion plant is edible. Its leaves provide your recommended daily intake of Vitamin K, its flowers can be used to make wine, its root can be used to make a brewed drink that tastes a bit like coffee, and its also used in several soft drinks.


21. The locations of the oldest tree in the world, Methuselah, and the tallest tree in the world, Hyperion, are closely guarded secrets. Only a handful of scientists know the exact locations of the trees.


Methuselah is somewhere in California's Inyo National Forest, and was 4,843 years old in 2012. Hyperion is a 379.1-foot-tall coast redwood somewhere in Redwood National Park in California.

23. Or because in 1973, the world's most isolated tree, Arbre du Ténéré, was hit and destroyed by a drunk driver, despite being 250 miles from any other living tree.


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