“….experiment showed not only that plants can learn” by association — which is astounding in itself — but also how easily humans underestimate plants. “We are plant blind,”…. Monica Gagliano Ecologist University of Western Australia
There was a very interesting article written by Marta Zaraska in the May 2017 issue of Discover Magazine about the ongoing research on plant behaviors. Gagliano, and other researchers, are discovering how plants talk to each other, and not only do plants learn by association, but they remember and make decisions. They recognize family members, learn language from their parents, support other plants and warn each other. Some plants even count. They are “brainier than you think”!
Edgeworthia chrysantha Akebono photo courtesy of Roozitaa & Wikimedia
Cultivar: Akebono Common Name: Paperbush Plant type: Deciduous Shrub Height: 5’ – 6’ Bloom Time: February – March FlowerColor: Red/Orange Exposure: Part Shade or Shade Soil Requirements: Moisture-retentive, Fertile Loamy Soil
Water Needs: Medium Attributes: Winter Interest, Tubular Fragrant Flowers borne on bare stems,
Silky Silver Buds Note: Related to Daphnes, Inner bark used in China to make quality papers. Winter hardy to below 0 degrees F. Uses: Woodland gardens, Shady borders, Collector’s Specimen Planting, Ornamental, Used to make paper. USDA Zone: 7b -10b
*Edgeworthia chrysantha Snow Cream Papberbush – Winter hardy USDA Zones 7b-10b
*Edgeworthia papyrifera Nanjing Gold Paperbush – USDA Zones 8-10
“A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard.
“Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.”Ted Talks https://www.ted.com