I hope you have all enjoyed the holiday season!

Now that we are in the throws of winter (though you wouldn’t know it by the lack of snow and warm temps), I thought it would be fun to post some plant trivia. Just a “warm-up” for spring. (ha-ha)

A pineapple is a berry.

Almonds are the oldest, most widely cultivated and extensively used nuts in the world.

Banana oil never saw a banana; it’s made from petroleum.

Bananas are actually herbs. Bananas die after fruiting, like all herbs do.

In the Netherlands, in 1634, a collector paid 1,000 pounds of cheese, four oxen, eight pigs, 12 sheep, a bed, and a suit of clothes for a single bulb of the Viceroy tulip.

Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older.

Plants that need to attract moths for pollination are generally white or pale yellow, to be better seen when the light is dim. Plants that depend on butterflies, such as the poppy or the hibiscus, have more colorful flowers.

The California redwood – coast redwood and giant sequoia – are the tallest and largest living organism in the world.

The fragrance of flowers is due to the essences of oil which they produce.

The oldest living thing in existence is not a giant redwood, but a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California, dated to be aged 4,600 years old.

The rose family of plants, in addition to flowers, gives us apples, pears, plums, cherries, almonds, peaches and apricots.

Enjoy and Happy Gardening!