Toyota has created two flower species that absorb nitrogen oxides and take heat out of the atmosphere.

The flowers, derivatives of the cherry sage plant and the gardenia, were specially developed for the grounds of Toyota’s Prius plant in Toyota City, Japan.

The sage derivative’s leaves have unique characteristics that absorb harmful gases, while the gardenia’s leaves create water vapour in the air, reducing the surface temperature of the factory surrounds and, therefore, reducing the energy needed for cooling, in turn producing less carbon dioxide (CO2).

The two new plants are part of a wide-ranging plan to reduce the impact of Prius manufacture on the environment. Since 1990, the plant has reduced CO2 emissions by 55 per cent.

Now I’ve heard everything. Surely this is a PR stunt.



  1. Realoda says:

    Maybe we will see it in the Rose Parade as a giant float

  2. bill says:

    These hybrid cars are still an infestation.

  3. Benjamin says:

    Isn’t water vapor a green house gas that is worse than CO2?

  4. PR stunt or no, it’s a pretty brilliant idea that has some origins in science fiction. Using plant life to alter the atmosphere – if true, we’re one step closer to terraforming other planets. *This* is how progress is made: identify the problem, come up with a solution. Don’t bitch and moan about it and throw your hands up in the air.

  5. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    I can’t wait to drive one. When will they be in production?

  6. chuck says:

    At least they’re actually doing something and not just buying carbon credits from Al Gore.

    For their next trick: figuring out what to do with all those Prius batteries after 7 years.

  7. Hmeyers says:

    @3 Shhhh, Benjamin.

    You aren’t suppose to post scientifically correct data here or anything actually factual.

    You are supposed to recite some canned ham that one of the major parties is shoveling out and generally dumb down the conversation.

    @ Chuck

    Call me unimpressed … the old Honda CRX got 45 city/52 MPG highway and it did it on gasoline, not diesel. And they didn’t destroy the environment to manufacture them.

    If Al Gore or Obama were serious about the environment, they’d mandate the federal government only buy Honda CRX as government vehicles.

    Yet they don’t, the federal government buys domestic gas guzzlers with one employee driving them around destroying the ozone layer.

    Yes, I’m a liberal but I’m one that actually demands results and the Dems are good at posturing and poor at delivering.

  8. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    #7 Wise-n-hymer – My 1989 CRX is the only car that I truly miss.

  9. sargasso says:

    #8. CRX, nice little handler, eager little engine, but a hard ride. A buddy flipped his onto it’s roof and slid it along the highway for a half mile – walked away laughing.

  10. Animby says:

    Oh, great. Something else to hurry along the next ice age.

    Hey, you know what I’ve been wondering? Has anybody done an analysis of what all the wind turbines will do to natural weather patterns? Won’t it be interesting in a few years when they figure out the drought in Nebraska was caused by the wind being hindered in Tehachapi?

  11. Cap & Strangulation says:

    What’s that stuff coming out of the rear end of that horse again, oh, it’s now called “Prius”.


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