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If there’s one plant — one group of plants — that equally amazes and weirds out visitors to our place, it’s our collection of carnivores. We’ve written about them before: how some entrap their prey passively with intoxicating nectar and slippery surfaces, others with chomping showmanship,...

The 1990s and early 2000s were not kind to the carnation. Maybe it’s all the unholy dye jobs, or their association with homecoming boutonnieres, or their street-corner ubiquity that turned the pedigreed Dianthus caryophyllus into a pop culture punchline. The plant was famously maligned on Sex...