Botanica

‘Botany, the science of the vegetable kingdom, is one of the most attractive, most useful, and most extensive departments of human knowledge. It is, above every other, the science of beauty.’ – Sir Joseph Paxton

Here you’ll find all sorts of juicy botanically inspired information. The more obscure and curious, the better. Think plant sex, history, zombie plants, plant profiles, plant mythology and more.

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The Manscape: Origin Stories of Super Plants

BotanicaLoose Leaf's Charlie Lawler explores the origin stories of three of his top indoor plants in our brand new Manscape column!

Plant Profile: Cosmos

BotanicaLearn how to grow the most cosmic of blooms!

Protea Peepshow

BotanicaEmma Perry's photo series reveals the sexy side of proteas!

Big Trees: The Aire Valley Redwoods

BotanicaWalk with us through a towering redwood grove in the Aire Valley, Victoria.

Plant Profile: Pineapple

BotanicaLearn more about this strange fruit here. Grow it, eat it. Boom.

Plant Profile: Monstera deliciosa

BotanicaLearn how to care for this Pinterest–worthy plant here!

Oliver Sacks: Fern Crazy

Botanica, CultureAs well as a regarded neurologist and author, Oliver Sacks was a mad fern lover!

Sir Joseph Banks: Botanical Rock Star or Bastard?

Botanica, CultureWas Sir Joseph Banks a botanical rock star or a 'cantankerous old bastard'? You decide.

A History of Botanical Illustration

Botanica, CultureThe Amazon, a moonflower, and a .32 revolver. Botanical illustrators are so rock n roll.

Tea Tree: The Protector

BotanicaAn exploration of the historical, medicinal and cultural uses of the Australian Tea Tree. A lovely read!

The Lavender Project

Botanica, HarvestSally Wilson visits a lavender farm in the heart of cactus country.

Scratch-n-Sniff: Fragrant Plants For Your Garden

BotanicaLinda Ross on her favourite fragrant garden plants. And dill pickle scented scratch-n-sniff stickers.....

The Titan Arum: Blooming Psychedelic

BotanicaThe titan arum is the largest and stinkiest flower in the world!

Flower Colour & Scent: There’s a Link…

BotanicaGarden designer Michael McCoy ponders the unexplored link between flower colour and scent.

Saffron: The Priciest Spice

Art & Design, BotanicaDid you know saffron is more expensive than gold? Check out these stunning images (and a time-lapse video) by Peter Whyte of the most precious spice.

Wormwood: The Goddess Herb

BotanicaNamed after the Greek goddess Artemis, the humble wormwood (Artemisia) is an enigmatic plant indeed, perhaps known best for its involvement in the famous psychotropic green liquid, absinthe....

Plant Profile: The Fig

BotanicaFigs are beautifully designed fruits. This story explores their history and botany, and shares some tips on growing these luscious, lascivious delights.

Indian Tree Veneration: The Art of Valuing Trees

Botanica, CultureIs there a role for art and spirituality in challenging us to change the way we look at nature in the west? This article by David Whitworth explores this idea. It's a great read!