Over 15 Fun Facts about Plants…

There are approximately 250,000 different types of flowering plants in the world. Some beautifull and amazing looking, and some not so much. One thing is for sure and it's that there are indeed some interesting specimens worth noting, as well as some tid bits of fun info that's just good to know. Here we put down some Flower/Plant factoids that are just cool to know about.

These fun facts are not listed in any order of importance.

Fun Fact #1:

Wheat is the world's most widely cultivated plant. It is grown on every continent except Antarctica.


Fun Fact #2:

If you have allergies pay attention to this one. One Ragweed Plant can release as many as one billion grains of pollen. If you suffer from bad allergies during the spring this plant may be the culprit.

Ragweed Plant

Fun Fact #3:

Did you know Sunflowers have long been used to control weeds in cultivated fields. They produce a natural toxin from their roots that keeps weeds from germinating.


Fun Fact #4:

There are almost 600 species of carnivorous plants. They capture and kill prey like small insects and then digest and absorb the nutrients. Most carnivorous plants capture insects, but some species can capture frogs, birds, and even small rodents!

carnivorous plants

Fun Fact #5:

The Corn Cob (ear) is actually part of the corn plant's flower. There are about 600 kernels on each ear of corn. Pioneers planted 4 corn kernels for every plant they hoped to harvest: "1 for the maggot, 1 for the crow, 1 for the cutworm, and 1 to grow".

Corn Cob

Fun Fact #6:

In a full grown Rye Plant, the total length of the roots may reach 613 kilometers (380 miles).

Rye Plant

Fun Fact #7:

Botonophobia is the fear of plants.


Fun Fact #8:

The tallest tree in the world is the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), which is recorded at 117m (385ft). This specimen can be found in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California.

red wood trees

Fun Fact #9:

The oldest recorded living tree is a bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) growing on Wheeler Peak in east Nevada. It is believed to be more than 4600 years old.

bristlecone pine

Fun Fact #10:

The world's tallest grass, which has sometimes grown to heights of more than 130 feet, is bamboo.

bamboo world's tallest grass

Fun Fact #11:

The fastest growing plant is the giant Timber Bamboo from China (Bambusa oldhamii). It can grow as much as 4 ft. in a day, reaching its adult height of up to 60 ft in just two months.

giant Timber Bamboo

Fun Fact #12:

The world's largest flower is Rafflesia, which can attain a diameter of 91cm (3ft) and a weight of 7kg (15 lb). It is commonly known as the stinking corpse lily due to its smell of rotting carcasses. The foul smell attracts flies, which pollinate the flower.


Fun Fact #13:

Duckweeds of the family Lemnaceae are the smallest flowering plants. Wolffia arrhiza is the smallest, with a plant body measuring 0.5-1.2mm (0.01-0.04in)


Fun Fact #14:

The world's biggest seed is the coco-de-mer nut, which can weigh up to 45lb.

coco-de-mer nut

Fun Fact #15:

The plant that takes the longest time to flower is the rare Bolivian herb Puya raimondii. The flowers emerge after the plant is about 150 years old, and the plant then dies.

Puya raimondii


Plant fun facts 9 Jan 2004
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory www.uga.edu/srel/