Sugar, Sex, and Poison: Understanding the Vital Powers of Plants

  • March 6 | 7:00 - 8:30pm

CEUs Available: APLD (1.5 credits); LA CES (1.5 credits); NOFA-AOLCP (1.5 credits)

Free and open to all.

Humans think we are masters of our world, but are plants really the ones in charge? What they lack in locomotion, they compensate for in structure and chemistry. Botanist Bill Cullina explains how plant life is at the center of a carefully balanced natural economy that is critical to our ecosystems. Plants produce the energy to power the food chain. They make pollen, nectar, and fruits to nourish animal partnerships that aid them with vital services such as pollination and seed dispersal. And although eaten by others, plants are far from helpless, having evolved a dizzying arsenal of poisons, spines, camouflage, and other means to deter herbivores. Join us for a fascinating dive into these complex ecological dynamics; understanding them is key to sound horticultural practices.

William Cullina is the author of the seminal books Growing and Propagating Wildflowers; Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines; and Native Ferns, Moss & Grasses.