Life Finds A Way: 25 Plants That Just Won’t Give Up

The idea that mankind has mastered nature is not entirely true. Sure, we have changed the world irrevocably for the better (or worse), but nature was here before we were and it will be after we’re gone. Just ask these 25 plants that have thrived in spite of every manner of hardship, be it man-made or elemental.We recently wrote a post about trees winning their fight against concrete, but they’re not the only ones that can thrive in seemingly impossible. Though grasses or weed like the ones in some of these pictures can seem weak, they can expose cracks and weaknesses in construction materials to their advantage and see the light of day once again. And even deserts, some of the world’s harshest climates, can host thriving plant populations if you know where (or when) to look. Life, uh, finds a way.

Plants 1

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Plants 2

Image credits: Guy Tal

Plants 3

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Plants 4

Image credits: Wei-Feng Xue

Plants 5

Image credits: Laurent Bartkowski

Plants 6

Image credits: Ed Sijmons

Plants 7

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Plants 8

Image credits: Ari C

Plants 9

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Plants 10

Image credits: David Poe

Plants 11

Image credits: Markus Gebauer

Plants 12

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Plants 13

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Plants 14

Image credits: H.C. Williams

Plants 15

Image credits: Richard Calmes

Plants 16

Image credits: Chris Goldberg

Plants 17

Image credits: James Jackson

Plants 18

Image credits: Dean Forbes

Plants 19

Image credits: Ireena Nieuwenhuis-Worthy

Plants 20

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Plants 21

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Plants 22

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Plants 23

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Plants 24

Image credits: Andre Scultori

Plants 25

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