This is just too weird

There’s a story in Science News about brainlike properties in plant roots. There’s zillions of tendrils that connect with each other. They communicate chemically, and maybe even electrically. The article is vague about how exactly plants demonstrate behavior, but it’s more than speculation. I’ve seen what it’s talking about when digging up the evil Black Swallow-wort.

It’s roots interconnect like crazy, traveling under the surface from node to node. I dig it up, and it circles around back, sneaking through other viny and leafy plants where it can hide. This year, I seem to have beaten it back across wide swaths of yard, but I’m sure the remnants are plotting revenge.

Sounds crazy, but I don’t just believe this story — I know. Next year, I’ll get you some pictures of the roots, and you’ll know too.

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