Fascination Of Plants Day 2022

Steve of Portraits of Wildflowers alerted me that May 18 is international Fascination of Plants Day. As you may have guessed, that is one holiday I totally can get behind!

Here are some fascinating things about plants:

  • There are 80,000 species of edible plants
  • 70,000 plants are used for medicinal and healing purposes
  • And get this: only 15% of plant life lives on land and 85% is found in oceans

Wow, huh? Discover some new fascinating thing about plants today and share it in the comments below so we all can be fascinated, too. 🙂 Your turn!

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70 Responses to Fascination Of Plants Day 2022

  1. Unlike us, plants can reproduce both sexually and asexually. And some plants are effectively immortal (or at least they can live long enough to seem that way).

  2. Anne says:

    The Welwitschia – endemic to the Namib Desert – has an estimated lifespan of between 400-1 500 years, with some specimens carbon-dated to 2 000 years old. Each plant produces two leaves per century, and never sheds them.

  3. dawnbirdau says:

    Gorgeous pictures, Eliza!

    Western Australia has 12,000+ species of wildflowers and around 60% of these are found nowhere else in the world. We are aptly called, The Wildflower State.

    The wreath flower (Lechenaultia macrantha) grows in rings and looks like a wreath. They usually grow roadside in gravel/sandy soil. I once met a couple who travelled all the way from Europe to see them!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Those facts are definitely fascinating, thank you, Dawn! Australia is full of amazing plants (and animals, too). I looked up the wreath flower and it is beautiful.

  4. picpholio says:

    Reasons enough to care for our plants !

  5. A lovely collection. I really like the flowing movement in the cactus shot

  6. Gardening and appreciating plants certainly quicken my pulse. I’m also fascinated by the plants I have one year that do not reappear the next. 🙂

  7. Cathy says:

    Hi Eliza. Gorgeous photos! I was alerted by Steve too, and have a post coming up soon. In the meantime here is one fun fact I found: Small pockets of air inside cranberries cause them to bounce and float in water. 😉 Who knew that?! I didn’t!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Cathy! Good share. My state is a big cranberry producer, so I did know that. They flood the bogs in the fall, causing the berries to float to the surface where they are skimmed off the top. Now that is working with nature. 🙂

      • Cathy says:

        Well, that is clever! 😃
        I have just been looking at all the lovely comments on this post too Eliza. 👍

  8. Treah Pichette says:

    I don’t know if they can be considered plants, but the largest organisms on earth are fungi. And they are totally necessary for all the other plants to grow. I think that’s pretty incredible!

  9. Love the bees on the sunflower. Bee populations benefit from the bountiful amounts of pollen the sunflower heads offer them. We need more of these pollinators.

  10. Dale says:

    What a beautiful selection, Eliza. Plants are fascinating, that is for sure!

  11. Pepper says:

    Lovely gallery, Eliza. 😊

  12. Val Boyko says:

    Love this! Great captures Eliza 💐🙏🏼💐

  13. neihtn2012 says:

    I will check Fascination of Plants Day out!

  14. Fascinating, indeed. Especially the ocean statistics. Love that fern/hosta shot.

  15. Lovely images and I also love plants…(Suzanne)

  16. sandyjwhite says:

    I never would have guessed that many plants are in oceans!

  17. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Gorgeous photographs of the flowers, ferns and patterns Eliza! 💚

  18. cindy knoke says:

    Fascinating indeed Eliza!

  19. shoreacres says:

    I’ve been learning about our mesquite trees, and discovered that their seeds can lie dormant for as much as 40 years, waiting for just the right conditions to sprout. No rain? No problem! at least for 40 years or so.

  20. Kris P says:

    Wonderful! I haven’t heard of Fascination of Plants Day but will mark my calendar to ensure it’s on my calendar next year 😉 I can recommend a book I recently read for anyone wishing to explore the fascinating character of plants: ‘Around the World in 80 Plants’ by Jonathan Drori. (He also wrote a book about trees around the world.) One fact he shared with some applicability to California concerned the Cook pine (Araucaria columnaris), a plant native to the South Pacific. Cook pines are unique in leaning in the direction of the equator. Those planted in California lean noticeably southwards (at an angle greater than the Tower of Pisa) but they’re nearly straight in Hawaii and lean north in Australia.

  21. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Fascinating. In Ireland we have relatively small number of flowering native plants, about 850

  22. Debbie says:

    Ah, Eliza, these are beautiful! Some little known facts about plants: 1) Originally, carrots were purple. 2) Lightning strikes oak trees more than any other type of tree. 3) Sixty-eight percent of plants face extinction in the near future, making them more vulnerable than endangered animals.

  23. Alice says:

    We all live on such an absolutely amazing, intricate, mind boggling planet…and it becomes even more fascinating the more we learn about our plants and animals…and there is so much to learn and appreciate.

  24. That’s quite a cornucopia, or maybe we should say plantucopia.

  25. Jane Lurie says:

    It should be called Eliza Waters Day😉🌷Glorious gallery of plants!

  26. I didn’t know any of that! Thank you for the interesting education. Your photos are stunning as always and they have managed to lift my spirits this evening. Thank you for that.

  27. So pretty! Cool info, thank you for sharing, I had no idea!

  28. Lovely collection. Where would we be without ’em?

  29. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    And they all are fascinating, aren’t they !?

  30. Beautiful series of images Eliza! Enjoyed seeing them!

  31. What a beautiful collection!!!

  32. mconley14 says:

    Plants are just so fascinating!

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