Tag Archives: Plants

Where does a flower get its smell?

Most flowers, as we know, are the brightly colored blossoms of plants.  Many  flowers have very pleasing odors. The flower gets its smell from a fragrant oil that the petals produce. As the smell-producing oil evaporates into the air around the flower we can smell the sweet fragrance it gives off. While the sweet smell of rose …

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Where does a flower get its smell?

Most flowers, as we know, are the brightly colored blossoms of plants.  Many  flowers have very pleasing odors.  The flower gets its smell from a fragrant oil that the petals produce. As the smell-producing oil evaporates into the air around the flower we can smell the sweet fragrance it gives off.  While the sweet smell …

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How did February get its name?

February gets its name from the Latin word “februare,” which means “to purify” (in English, it became February).  The early Romans devoted this month to ceremonies of purification. February is the second month of the year—and the shortest.  February has 28 days, except in “leap years,” when it has 29 years. In the early Roman …

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How did the sunflower get its name?

The sunflower gets its name from its habit of facing the sun.  Sunflowers are tall plants.  They have yellow flowers with large brown centers which are full of seeds that are good to eat. The sunflower gets its name from its habit of facing the sun as it moves from east to west during the …

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How does a plant make its food?

Green plants make food in their leaves in a special food-making process called “photosynthesis.” Green plants make food in their leaves in a special food-making process called “photosynthesis” (pronounced foe toe SIN three sis), a word meaning “putting together with light.” A leaf manufactures food by taking carbon dioxide from the air and water from …

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Where come camphor come from?

Natural camphor is a fragrant gum that comes from the camphor tree.  Camphor (pronounced KAM-fur) is a fragrant gum that comes from the camphor laurel tree. Camphor is used in medicine, explosives, and plastics, as well as in many other useful products.  (Perhaps your mother uses balls of camphor in closets and drawers to keep …

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What are air plants?

Air plants are plants that grow on other plants for support and get their water and food from the air.  Many ferns, mosses and orchids are air plants. Some plants spend their entire lives perches high in trees.  These  plants are called air plants.  Another name for them is epiphytes (pronounced EP ih fites), a …

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Where does dust come from?

Housekeepers spend a good deal of time dusting.   If you have ever helped clean, or dust, furniture, you may have wondered where all the dust comes from.  It seems to be a daily chore, because dust is always with us. Dust settles from the air and makes a gray coating over everything around us.  Dust …

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What are aphids?

Aphids are tiny soft-bodied insects that such the juices of plants. During the summer, you may find the stems and leaves of you garden plants crowded with tiny pear-shaped insects called aphids.  Another name for them is “plant lice.” Aphids are among the most common insect pests of plants.  The aphid lives only to eat. Its mouth …

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