Leaf Rosette

Definition - What does Leaf Rosette mean?

A leaf rosette is a plant growth habit in which a plant grows a cluster of leaves in a circular pattern. Usually these plants have a prostate growing habit that is close to the ground.

Many plant families have varieties that grow with a leaf rosette habit. Cabbage, bromeliad and water fern grow with a leaf rosette. A dandelion is another common example of a plant with a leaf rosette.

MaximumYield explains Leaf Rosette

There are some advantages to this growth habit. For example, a plant with a leaf rosette is difficult to pull from the ground, as most often they have a long taproot and brittle leaves. A leaf rosette growth habit also increases the plant's available surface area, allowing it to gather more sunlight. In the case of succulents that grow with a leaf rosette habit, the formation and growth of the leaf cluster makes it easier for the plant to gather atmospheric moisture in an arid climate.

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