Students might not want to stop and smell these flowers.
The University of Michigan used a $3 million Natural Science Foundation grant to develop a urine-based fertilizer that has since been applied to peony plants at the school’s Nichols Arboretum, with researchers reporting that the fertilizer reduced greenhouse gas emissions, according to ABC 13.
“We have used the term, ‘pee on the peonies,'” UMich Environmental Engineer Nancy Love said. “And then it grabs people’s attention, and then we can talk to them about nutrient flows and nutrient efficiency in our communities and how to be more sustainable.”
Some people assumed it was OK to “drop their drawers” and urinate on the flowers. As a result, the school will use the term “pee for the peonies” instead.
The Nichols Arboretum’s peony garden has over 800 peonies and up to 10,000 flowers at peak bloom.
The University of Michigan has not responded to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.