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series: Wildflowers: Seeds Of History
air date: 10/07/12 4:00 AM
Discover the facts and legends behind the wildflowers that captivate us every spring. Why do we always see picturesque cattle among bluebonnets? Where did Indian blanket get its name? How did Native Americans and settling pioneers use wildflowers for food, medicinal cures, and to create distinctive tattoos? How are they being used today to cure cancer? Why are some years better than others? Go beyond the pretty faces to explore how wildflowers impact our food chain and their symbiosis to a healthy economy, wildlife, and ecological security. Interviews include horticulturists and botanists from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Matt Turner (author of Remarkable Plants of Texas), and tales from Luci Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson's granddaughter Jennifer Robb. Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson narrates. Music is composed by John Mills.
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