Glowing Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Question by alloos
February 16, 2004
Is there a plant that glows in dark?


Answer from NGA
February 16, 2004


Off the top of my head I can't think of any that literally glow in the dark.

There is a perennial flower sometimes called the gas plant and sometimes burning bush, Dictamnus albus, it will light up if a match is held close to the bloom on a calm windless evening.

Some plants with white flowers reflect moonlight and are said to gleam in the dark for that reason, but they are not a light source per se.

There is also some discussion of genetic engineering and creating a glow in the dark plant using a fluorescent protein, for example:

I hope this helps answer your question.

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