Uncommon Knowledge: What do plants have to say?

Rock Pile Bud Vase | UncommonGoodsNormally we think of trees and flowers as the strong silent type, but that may just be because we don’t speak their language. Willow trees, for example, can warn each other about predators. When one is attacked by a wood-eating insect, it not only produces a chemical to make itself unpalatable to the bug, but it also puts out a pheromone that prompts surrounding willows to produce the same defensive chemical. Tobacco plants are the plant equivalent of being multi-lingual, and can actually respond to such distress calls put out from other plant species. But plant communication is not just limited to self-defense. They work together to time when their flowers will bloom, how to share soil nutrients and more. However, there is no word from science yet on the plant equivalent of “LOL.”

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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