Discover the world's most weird and wonderful plants!
We are very excited to be working with plant hunter and explorer, Stewart McPherson, to celebrate the release of his new book, Spectacular Plants and How to Grow Them.
On his travels all over the world, Stewart has climbed hundreds of mountains (some of which were previously unexplored) and has ventured to many of the most remote islands on Earth. During his adventures to study and document wildlife, history and cultures, he has discovered and co-named 35 new species and varieties of plants, and re-discovered many more that have been lost to science for centuries.
Once of the most interesting plants that Stewart co-discovered is a carnivorous plants that lives high in the Phillippine mountains. It is so large that is can trap rats as well as its normal diet of insects! Stewart and his co-explorer named this spectacular plant Nepenthes attenboroughii, after the inspirational natural historian and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.
In order to share the incredible plants he’s found, Stewart has written a book, Spectacular Plants and How to Grow Them, to help everyone grow these amazing plants in their very own homes, gardens or classrooms. The book is aimed at 8-12 year olds, and introduces mind-boggling specimens such as sensitive plants that move suddenly when touched, flowers that look like tiny dancers, insect-eaters, stinky blooms, crazy coloured fruits and vegetables, and a begonia with more than a passing resemblance to Darth Vader!
During his recent travels, Stewart recorded a number of films about some of the spectacular plants featured in his book. We’ll be sharing these films each week and asking you to share pictures of your own #spectacularplants with us along the way.
Watch Stewart's Spectacular Plants films
During his recent travels, Stewart recorded 14 films about some of the spectacular plants featured in his book. We’ll be sharing these films each week via the link below.
Watch the Spectacular Plants films now.
Grow your own Spectacular Plants
In the video below, Stewart explains how you can grow Mimosa pudica, an amazing 'sensitive plant', on your windowsill at home or in school, in a DIY propagator made from a recycled plastic bottle. Share your pictures if you make one!