Herbaceous Perennial

Definition - What does Herbaceous Perennial mean?

A herbaceous perennial is a type of plant that withers and dies in the winter, but regrows from their own crowns during spring and summer. Because of their herbaceous quality, these plants tend to be green and soft when compared to woody plants, and darker than other florae.

Herbaceous perennials are commonly used for garden borders or to create separation between various bushes and flowers.

MaximumYield explains Herbaceous Perennial

There are different types of herbaceous perennials. While the most popular include ornamental grasses such as caladiums and canna, some types of perennials include vegetables such as artichokes and rhubarbs. Other popular types of herbaceous perennials include different types of grasses, evergreens, and flowering garden plants.

While they regenerate in spring, not all herbaceous perennials live forever. Some only last for two to three years, such as the rose campion. However, this particular plant does self-seed readily and quickly, so amateur gardeners are often under the illusion that it lives longer.

Unlike annual plants, perennials do require additional maintenance such as regular feeding and pruning. It is also important to check the plants for pests to ensure their longevity.

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