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Rare Plants Quiz
Endangered animals get most of the headlines, but plenty of interesting plants are also facing extinction. Take our rare plants quiz and learn more. See more »
10 Plants Lost to History
Many plants are at risk of going the way of the dodo. Learn about some amazing plants we lost to history. See more »
How Orchids Work
Orchids might be the sexiest flower in the greenhouse. Learn about different types of orchids and how to grow orchids at HowStuffWorks. See more »
Can plants think?
Can plants think? It would seem impossible since they have no brain but the answer is not so cut and dried. Learn more at HowStuffWorks. See more »
Do plants feel pain?
Do plants feel pain? Scientists are learning that the possibility isn't as crazy as it sounds. Learn why at HowStuffWorks. See more »
Corpse Flower: When Nature Deceives
The Titan Arum is also known as the 'Corpse Flower' because of its rotting-flesh scent. See pictures of the Corpse Flower in this gallery. See more »
How Pollen Works
Pollen grains are, in essence, plant sperm. Check out HowStuffWorks.com to learn how pollen works. See more »
What are petunias?
The petunia is an annual flower that’s especially at home in the Southeastern portion of the United States. Learn more about petunias in the following article. See more »
What are poppies?
If you like poppies, you're in good company -- they're the favored flower of the Greek goddess Demeter. Learn more about poppy flowers in this article. See more »
What is urushiol?
Urushiol is the active chemical in poison ivy. Learn more about urushiol and how to properly remove poison ivy. See more »
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