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Spotlight on … Gardens

Are you a garden guru? These fun flora facts will help your knowledge of plants grow.

Carrots aren’t always orange. They come in shades of yellow, white, red, black or green. Evidence even suggests that the first domesticated carrots may have been purple!

Roses are closely related to apples, raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears and almonds.

The pecan is the only tree nut indigenous to North America. Lettuce is actually a member of the sunflower family.

The strawberry is the only fruit with its seeds on the outside. Watermelon is closely related to squash and cucumbers and is 92 percent water.

Peanuts are not actually nuts, they are legumes, like peas and beans.

Whether fruit or vegetable, native plant or weed, all it takes is some digging to uncover interesting facts about even the most ordinary plants.

Sources: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), www.usda.gov; Forest Preserve District of Cook County, www.newton.dep.anl.gov.