Flowering Plants: Just Aesthetic, Or Genuinely Practical?
It is even arguable that the reason some of the plants that we find visually appealing also have pleasing scents is due to more than plain circumstance. Perhaps the reason people commonly find their noses more receptive to some plants' scents than to others is precisely because they have some nutritious consumable chemical content. It is no secret that many indigenous cultures worldwide watch what animals, such as great apes in the wild, eat when they are sick. By watching the local sick fauna consume to get better, people like the Navajo in the Americas and the WaTongwe in Africa, find new medicines for people. The mammals generally find these plants via scenting them out, so even the general aroma of some of the flowering plants you keep around may be extremely practical, as an aromatherapist may purport.