Meet some of the most wonderful plant heroes around the world

Picture Shows: Domestic Honeybee Apis mellifera visits the flower of an Almond tree Prunus dulcis. Central Valley, California. USA

IN the Fynbos region of South Africa, what rises from the ashes isn’t a phoenix but a fire lily. Dormant underground for nearly two decades, smoke awakens the plant, which blooms just four days following a fire, with flame-coloured flowers that enjoy exclusive rights to pollinators. This extraordinary plant is captured on camera for the first time in BBC Earth’s latest landmark series, The Green Planet. 

Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea), Sonoran desert, Arizona, US

Sir David Attenborough’s incredible passion project captures the secret lives of plants as never witnessed before. Beautiful, brilliant, and at times unexpectedly brutal, meet the unseen heroes of the plant world. The six-part series, including a making-of episode, premieres on BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) on Sunday, 13 February at 4pm. 

Aspen (Populus tremuloides) forests of Colorado, US

“There has been a revolution worldwide in attitudes towards the natural world in my lifetime. An awakening and an awareness of how important the natural world is to us all. An awareness that we would starve without plants, we wouldn’t be able to breathe without plants. 

“The world is green, and yet people’s understanding about plants, except in a very kind of narrow way, has not kept up with that. I think this series will bring it home.” ~ Sir David Attenborough,  The Green Planet.

Sir David Attenborough rowing at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Created over four years by BBC Studio’s world-renowned Natural History Unit, The Green Planet uses pioneering motion-control robotics systems to immerse viewers in an interconnected world. Get a plant’s perspective on life as you see how they count, hunt, deceive, forge friendships, and manipulate to survive. 

More sophisticated than we ever imagined, this project paints a picture of plants as our greatest allies – humanity’s greatest hope.

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