Plant Profiles

Heirloom plant profiles. Categories include edible, fiber, medicinal and ornamental.


By Daniel Franco-Estrada, Efisio Mattana, Steve Davis and Paulina Hechenleitner

Curious about how dragon fruit grows? Read about the amazing cactus (pitaya) that produces this tasty fruit as well as where it grows.

Triangle Tops Tree

By William Omondi, Victor Otirno, David Meroka, Steve Davis, and Efisio Mattana

Check out this unusual Kenyan tree, whose flowers have been made into a wonderful lotion and whose leaves are cooked and eaten as a vegetable.


By Sidi Sanogo, Abdoul K. Sanogo, Bokary A. Kelly, Stephane Riviere, Efisio Mattana, Steve Davis, and Tiiana Ulian. 

Learn more about the henna plant, which produces a natural dye; henna dye is one of the oldest cosmetics in the world, dating back to Ancient Egypt.

Captivating Cardoons

By Brenda Lynn Kouyoumdjian

From its showy appearance in the garden to its delicate flavor in the kitchen, this bold and beautiful plant has plenty to offer.


All About the Populus Genus

By Dawn Combs

Pretty poplars, aspens, and cottonwoods are much more than decorative additions to the landscape, though their beauty is famous.

All About Cool-Climate Orchids

By Michael Tibbs

Use this practical guide to care for and cultivate the popular Disa orchids.

Manchineel Tree

By Christina Harrison and Tony Kirkham

Check out the world’s most dangerous tree, nicknamed the tree of death, which is native to the tropical parts of Florida.

Mulberry Tree

By Christina Harrison and Tony Kirkham

Discover how a mix-up between black and white mulberry trees destroyed the fledging seventeenth-century English silk industry.

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