Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why Roses Are Growing on Us; HOTHOUSE CLIMATE TO BOOST GROWTH BY UP TO 70 PER CENT

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why Roses Are Growing on Us; HOTHOUSE CLIMATE TO BOOST GROWTH BY UP TO 70 PER CENT

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Byline: MARK PRIGG

THE Day Of The Triffids could soon be upon us as global warming boosts the size of plants by up to 70 per cent.

Scientists believe climate change is leading to an increase of up to 50 per cent in the size of some of our favourite flowers, such as roses.

Weeds are growing at an even more alarming rate, drawing comparison with the giant killer plants in John Wyndham's sciencefiction classic.

Although the research was carried out on American plants, experts agree the growth will affect plants throughout the world. The Canadian thistle has been marked out as a potential superweed, and could grow 72 per cent bigger.

British plant experts confirmed Britain was likely to see similar levels of plant growth.

One expert described the changes as " catastrophic", and warned they could mean the end for many popular British trees and plants.

Autumn could become the new spring, with flowers blooming as harsh winters fail to materialise.

Lewis Ziska, of the US department of agriculture, believes everything from roses to rhododendrons will grow to unprecedented sizes and produce earlier and more abundant flowers. …

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